The photo above shows Mr SK Prasad, Director, Student Support Services and Ms. Anshul Kharbanda, Academic Officer from NIOS receiving SKOCH Order of Merit Award for its program Diploma in Elementary Education (D. El. Ed.). Photo credit (Janak Joshi).
The Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) programme is a specifically designed package for in-service untrained teachers working in primary/ upper primary schools of different states of the country. The programme has been developed by the Academic Department, NIOS on the initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, keeping in view the NCF 2005, RTE 2009 and NCTE 2010. The Programme aims at enabling the target group to develop the skills, competencies, attitudes, and understanding to make teaching and learning more effective.
The Skoch Awards celebrate human excellence and agents of change in Indian society. The Awards are based on the philosophy of spearheading positive socio-economic changes through recognising persons who have contributed immensely to salutary transformations in society and governance by displaying exemplary leadership abilities. They are the highest independently instituted civilian honours in India. Since 2003, when these were instituted, the Skoch Awards have become the only independent benchmark of best practices in India in the fields of governance, finance, banking, technology, corporate citizenship, economics and inclusive growth. These salute individuals, highlight projects and focus institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation. The Awards are conferred on the mighty and the ordinary alike.