Mumbai : The world’s largest learning platform for students, and parents, Brainly, has announced the winners of its ‘Shikshak of the Year 2020’. The award recognizes and honors the unrelenting zeal of Indian educators who have gone beyond the call of duty to teach students despite the challenges during the pandemic. Shikshak Of The Year by Brainly is the first-of-its-kind initiative in India. 

The nominations were open for educators across all fields under three categories and saw a massive response pan-India. The winners were selected on the basis of votes garnered online from students. The contest has been sponsored by Prosus Ventures (formerly Naspers Ventures) as its main partner.

All the awardees for Shikshak Of The Year hail from the smaller towns. This comes as a testament to the efforts made by the teachers in facilitating learning in regions where the tech infrastructure and facilities may not be up to the mark. The winners of the Shikshak Of The Year 2020 are:

Shikshak of the Year 2020: School Teachers/Principals: Nutan Saini

Child's Muskan - Kids Academy, Kharkhoda, Haryana

Shikshak of the Year 2020: Online Teachers/Educators: Amit Garg

Brainly.in, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Shikshak of the Year 2020: Offline Tutors (Tuition/Coaching centers): Dr. Sudhir Kumar Nayak Aditya Birla Intermediate College, Renukoot, Uttar Pradesh

All of the winning Educators will be awarded the prize money of INR 75,000. An additional donation of INR 3.75 lakhs will be made to the Child's Muskan - Kids Academy to enhance its infrastructure for online teaching. In addition,  an Air Quality Device will also be awarded and paid to the school in which the Educator Winner is employed by Airly. Apart from them, Harsh Saini from Scholars Rosary Sr. Sec. and Raj Shukla from Delhi public school, will also be awarded the cash prize of INR 35K for being the best student nominator.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajesh Bysani, CPO of Brainly said, “Shikshak of the Year received an overwhelming participation. Something that we would like to highlight is that all our winners belong to tier-2 and tier 3 cities. This shows how our educators are actively involved in the lives of students, undeterred by the challenges of a small region and scarce resources. No wonder we see a high representation of brilliant talent in various fields originating from these towns. The awards are just a token of appreciation for all the teachers, tutors, and mentors who held us strongly during critical times. We want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for inspiring us to do better every day.”

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