The awards were instituted in 1958 and there are 374 awards in total out of which 20 awards are reserved for Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic teachers. Since 2001, 'Special Awards' have been instituted for Special Educators who promote inclusive education in schools. These awards usually distributed on the occasion of Teacher's Day.
The awards also include a total of 43 'Special Education' awards which are given to teachers of the following category:
- Teachers with disabilities working in mainstream schools
- Special Teachers or trained teachers having done outstanding work in the field of inclusive education
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The awards will be conferred in New Delhi tomorrow. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has already released the list of awardee teachers for the National Award to Teachers 2016. The award carries a medal, certificate, and award money of Rs. 50,000. The award ceremony will also be webcasted on the MHRD website tomorrow.