Principal of the year! CBSE board felicitates Mrs. Alka Kapur, Principal, Modern Public School with the “Teachers and Principals Awards, 2019”


In recognition of her efforts towards the betterment of the quality of education in India, Mrs. Alka Kapur, Principal, MPS, was felicitated with the prestigious CBSE Teachers and Principals Awards 2019. This honour is bestowed upon the selected teachers and principals from all over the country by the CBSE board itself, after a rigorous process of examination.

The award was presented by Hon’ble Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Human Resource and Development Minister, Government of India.

The Central Board of Secondary Education instituted the ‘Teacher Awards’ under the aegis of MHRD in the year 2000 to give public recognition to the meritorious services of outstanding teachers of schools affiliated to it. Since then, these awards are given every year on Teachers’ Day i.e., 5th September. Each award consists of a merit certificate and a cash prize of ₹50,000/-.

Every year, teachers and principals from over 20,000 CBSE affiliated schools in India and abroad apply for this award, but among those, only 15 principals and 24 teachers are selected for the honour. This year too, there was an overwhelming response, but the qualification parameters, as always, weren’t easy. Marks were awarded on different parameters and only those applicants who had the highest scores were selected for the interview with a panel of experts, after which, the names of awardees were announced – and Mrs. Alka Kapur has been chosen as one of the top 15 principals from all the CBSE schools across the world.

Under the leadership of Mrs. Alka Kapur, Modern Public School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, has earned a reputation as one of the best education hubs in the Delhi-NCR region. The school’s proactive approach towards practical learning has been fundamental in producing brainiacs that have made quite a stir recently for their innovations during the Covid-19 pandemic – including a touch-less bell and a social distancing wristband among others. Embracing the technological advancement, Modern Public School has transitioned towards “blended learning”, which is a methodology that makes the best of both worlds – physical and virtual.

Talking about the award and its significance, Mrs. Alka Kapur said, “I am deeply honoured to have the fortune of being recognized as one of the top educators in the world by the CBSE board. This will only motivate me to double my efforts towards the cause that I am pursuing. The pandemic has, no doubt, disrupted the flow of education, but thanks to the technological aids, we’ve been able to keep the impact at the minimum. As of now, I am working on devising strategies that can help us provide quality education to our children while ensuring that they’re furthest away from risk – and I firmly believe that in time and with dedication, we’ll accomplish this goal.”