Odisha teacher to receive National Award 2017 for using local resources for science practical

Published on: Aug 29, 2018 16:01 IST
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Keeping in mind the problems faced by science students in practical classes due to poor infrastructure facilities available in rural schools of Odisha's Koraput district, a science teacher decided to write a book titled 'Experimento' - which tells about ways to perform various science experiments with the help of locally available resources. Prakash Mishra's book proved to be a boon for students of the area and within four years, his book has become every science teachers' favorite. Now Mishra is all set to receive the National Award for Teachers-2017 in the national capital on September 5.

Interestingly, out of 45 teachers selected for the National Award -2017, he is the only teacher from the state of Odisha. The award will be given by the Ministry of Human Resources Development this year. "The national award will act as an inspiration for me to explore new methods and techniques to simplify education for high school students," the 48-year-old teacher said.

Mishra teaches science and mathematics at Government High School of Jeypore and is also the in-charge headmaster of the school. He was honoured with the state government's best teacher award last year. Recalling his early teaching days, Mishra said he had begun his teaching career from remote Mathapada high school under Boipariguda block in the district in 1998 and this is when he realised that practical classes were difficult to be conducted in rural areas because of lack of science equipment.

This inspired him to write a handbook to help science teachers of rural areas in conducting practical classes and wrote 'Experimento' in 2015. He also prepared a 40-day practice book 'Kinetics' to help the students in clearing the national means-cum-merit scholarship (NMMS) test. Mishra has also co-authored two books titled 'Transit' and 'Transit-2' to provide students of high school the basic knowledge mathematics before learning the regular syllabus.

"As tribal students of our district were unaware of logical reasoning and modular reasoning which figure in the question paper of NMMS, they used to fail in clearing the NMMS examination, which is conducted for Class 8 students. Hence, the Kinetics was prepared and it helped the students immensely and the success ratio of the district improved," said Mishra.

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