Mangalore, August 21: From the twin-districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada, two teachers have made these districts proud for being selected for the national awards given to the teachers with outstanding achievements.
The Headmaster of Dakshina Kannaada zilla panchayat higher primary school at Keddalike in Kavalamudoor village in Bantwal taluk, Ramesh Nayak Rayi and K Laxmikant Bhat, teacher of Nandalike government model higher primary school, Belman in Udupi district, are chosen to be conferred with national awards pertaining to the year 2014-15.
They will be receiving the awards from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, at the Teachers’ Day programme that will be held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on September 5th 2014.
Mahesh Nayak, K Laxmikant Bhat:
Nayak, who has been serving the school at Keddalike since the last five years, confirmed about having been chosen for the award. He expressed delight at this rare honour. He felt that this recognition has come as an honour to the school for which he works, apart from the committee of teachers, officials of education department, people of the taluk and people’s representatives from here. Nayak gets credit for transforming the school into a model school in the entire state, even surpassing private schools in quality of education and other facilities. Nayak said he has received information about the award, but he is yet to receive the letter from the department.
In 2003, Nayak had won best taluk level teacher award, best district level teacher award in 2004 and best state level teacher award for the year 2012-13. He has also forayed into other sectors like cooperation, social service, religious, etc. He is the president of Vittal Teachers Cooperative Society now.
K Laxmikant Bhat, who had earlier won popular teacher and best taluk, district, and state level teacher awards in the past, has received the letter announcing his choice for this coveted award from the union human resources development department. Bhat, who has served for 34 years will be retiring from service the next year. He has worked in different districts, and has been continuously involved with the development of Nandalike School since 1994 when he joined this school, with help of local donors and ex-students of the school. Because of his efforts, his school has been bragging First Prize and Best School Award in the annual evaluation conducted by the education department since the last three consecutive years. The SDMC committee of this school has won the best committee award. He also emphasises on conducting sports and cultural competitions in the school yearly.
Mr K Laxmikant Bhat is the general secretary of Udupi District Teachers Association. For the welfare of teachers, he proposes to utilize the cash Rs 25,000 which he is yet receive along with the award.