President Ram Nath Kovind today conferred the National Award for Teachers to Sutapa Sur, Headmistress of Kalikishore Higher Secondary School of Udaipur in Gomati district for her contribution to education in Tripura. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to tweeter and congratulated Sutapa. PM tweeted, “Ms. Sutapa Sur from Tripura is an inspiration for everyone. Her approach to the overall development of students of her school has shown demonstrable success in the results of the students. She has focused on education through co-curricular as well as cultural activities.”
Speaking to indianexpress.com, the National awardee teacher said that she teaches in a small school building in a village, which is devoid of modern plush facilities of her urban counterparts. But her school has secured 100 percent pass percentage in the board exams for last four years. “I believe teachers should work with dedication and affection for students. They are our children and can be developed with care,” she said.
Sutapa who is the daughter of a former headmaster of Kirit Bikram Institution (KBI), a school established by late royal scion Kirit Bikram Kishore Debbarman hails from a family of teachers. Her mother Anima Sur is former headmistress of Gokulpur Colony School at Udaipur.
Daughter Sudeshna Dutta, who is a medical officer at Nazareth Hospital in Meghalaya, congratulated the Sutapa and wrote, “You have always been an inspiration to me. Working tirelessly to bring us up and selflessly to enlighten the rural students. Today it’s our turn to be proud as your children. I must confess am happier today more than those days. Feeling like a celebrity once again. Am proud of you mom. Just be as you are”.