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The IDA Education Awards will be given to those educational institutions, which have made a qualitative impact on the students, staff and the organization as a whole. The awards recognize the outstanding contribution made by educational institutions pursuing new opportunities, engaging in continuous innovation, and exhibiting a high degree of accountability for quality education.

For fair comparison, the jury will assess each institution within these three broad categories:

  • Group A: comprising of those educational institutions which have been in operation for 5 years or less (as of March 31, 2018) and have plans to grow further.
  • Group B: comprising of educational institutions which have been in operation for more than 5 years. These could be individual or as a group under the name of the parent institution. It must have one graduated class in India as on March 31, 2018.
  • Group C: comprising of institutions (public or private) which have completed more than 10 years of their operations in India and/or abroad (as of March 31, 2018). It also includes those institutions which operate as a large group under the name of the parent institution.

Awards Categories

CATEGORY 1: EARLY EDUCATION

(*Applicable for all Pre-schools up to Grade 4)

  1. Best Innovative Pedagogy

    Pedagogy is at the heart of teaching and learning. This award honours those institutions that have reviewed and updated the pedagogies teachers’ use, through innovative methods with a conceptual framework of action. Innovation in teaching becomes a problem solving process rooted in teachers’ professionalism. It highlights the approaches that are sensitive to the natural inclinations of learners towards play, creativity, collaboration and inquiry.

  2. Leading School Chain

    Based on best practices in the field, this award will be decided on the basis of infrastructure, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies used by the school to enhance the teacher- student learning experience The chain of schools should have an element of uniformity and standards followed across all branches of the school, whether it is the founder school or a franchise.

  3. Leading Individual School

    Based on best practices in the field, this award will be decided on the basis of infrastructure, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies used by the school to enhance the student learning

CATEGORY 3: HIGHER EDUCATION

(*Applicable for all Colleges/Universities/Institutions offering Undergraduate, Masters, Diploma and/or PhD programs)

  1. Most Emerging Individual Higher Education Institute

    The award goes to an emerging institution, which has been in existence for less than 5 years, but has built a good infrastructure with high value on research and innovation. There is a prominent faculty teaching the most relevant curriculum, with vast experience in research and powerful industry interface exhibiting a strong placement record and employability of the graduating students.

  2. Experiential Learning Award

    Experiential learning takes various forms – co-ops, internships, research, community engaged learning and other educational activities that encourage students to learn by doing. The purpose is to not simply transfer knowledge but create it, by providing real life skills to the students that reflect the demands that will be placed upon them in a complex, information-age, technology-driven and competitive economy and society. This could include acquisition of cross-disciplinary skills, exposure to and interaction with other global student communities, international collaborations, exchange programs etc.

  3. STEM Award for Community Development

    The award recognizes the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in today’s world. It involves scientific enquiry and all technological design through student-focused, project based curricula to develop skills of communication, teamwork/collaboration, creativity / innovation, critical thinking and problem solving. Thus the framework seeks to illustrate how knowledge and practice is intertwined in designing learning experiences in science education. There should be proof of practical implementable solutions using STEM education. 

  4. Best Sports and Recreational Initiative in Education

    Sports and Recreation in the educational institutions has grown beyond the traditional extracurricular programming. There is a greater understand of the important role that recreation plays in the quality of community life. Outdoor education has served as a significant educational reform by using the outdoor leaning settings. This could include campus activities, field trips, camping, ecological learning, and expeditions, besides the sports competitions. The innovative concept of “Leisure Education” helps students participate in various activities to improve knowledge and skills by providing education through leisure.  Students get opportunity to increase self-awareness and use the lessons learned to gain life skills like how to work in a group, how to make decisions, how to solve problems and most importantly how to learn from disappointment / failure.

  5. Research & Innovation Award

    The award goes to any college/ university which being learning-centred, places high value on, both classroom academics and on the process of research and innovation. The focus will be on understanding the academic excellence of the faculty, its alumni placements and the level of research initiated by the institution. The excellence is achieved not by simply transferring knowledge but creating it –  the distinguishing feature of a high quality college/university.

  6. ICT Enabled Institution

    The award is for colleges/ universities that have applied innovative teaching and learning techniques to change the learning spaces. It calls for blended or asynchronous learning, whereby teaching is not just in-person learning experience but effort is to use innovative technology extensively, thereby making the learning environment more contemporary   in its approach. The institution must display innovative practices and technologies for both students and faculty. It must demonstrate the strategy used to change the ways in which teachers have historically instructed and interacted with students, besides it being helpful to reduce the administrative work of the faculty and staff.  

CATEGORY 2: K-12 EDUCATION

(*Applicable for all Schools from Primary to Higher/Senior Secondary Education)

  1. Innovative K-12 Individual School

    Based on best practices in the field, this award will be decided on the basis of infrastructure, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies used by the school to enhance the teacher- student learning experience.

  2. K-12 School Chain of the Year

    Decided on the basis of infrastructure, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies used. The same system is used in all the schools of the chain, irrespective of the city they are in. The chain of schools should have an element of uniformity and standards followed across all branches of the school, whether it is the founder school or a franchise.

  3. Experiential Learning Award

    The concept refers to the options offered beyond the course sequences historically offered to the students. It encompasses a wide variety of educational experiences in diverse settings where importance is given to leaning by doing, including summer internships, independent projects, online classes, travel, community service projects etc. Learning pathway intersects with strategies such as authentic learning, personalized learning and student-centred learning among others, which are generally used to expand or change the instructional approaches schools use to educate students. 

  4. Promotion of Art, Culture & Community Development Award

    In today’s world, it is very important that students gain the tools and knowledge to make meaningful change within their community and the world around them. It is very important that students become actively involved in community and humanitarian efforts by understanding the world issue to bring about a meaningful change. This pursuit of change must come about with better sensitivity, understanding of art, culture, traditions and development issues concerning the local and global community. The award goes to an institution, which understands the importance for education institution to develop the environment of multiculturalism, human rights, freedom of speech, expression and diversity. The institution must have built integrated interdisciplinary programs for students to develop a holistic perspective of the world around them and develop knowledge and understanding to work to advocate for positive change.

  5. Residential/Boarding of the year

    Decided on the basis of infrastructure, curriculum development, teacher skills and pedagogies used, along with the efforts made to address the issues concerning such schools. The importance of building a spirit of adventure among students, and the facilities that make the school a home away from home, thereby providing a nurturing environment as they grow from kids to adulthood. The learning extends beyond the classroom in every facet of residential life. Within the secured environment of the campus, they learn about the world to become global citizens.

  6. Global Citizen Learning Award

    An important part of education today is the making the students understand the interconnectivity in the world, preparing them to become a global citizen by teaching them the most relevant, useful, in-demand and universally applicable skills. The skills should, therefore, reflect the demands that will be placed upon them in a complex, information-age, technology-driven and competitive economy and society. This could include acquisition of cross-disciplinary skills, exposure to and interaction with other global student communities, international collaborations, exchange programs, organizing or participation in events on global issues etc.

  7. Tech School of the year

    The award is for schools that have applied innovative teaching and learning techniques, using varied technologies, to change the learning spaces. It calls for blended or asynchronous learning, whereby teaching is an in-person learning experience and ICT enabled  practice to make the learning environment more contemporary and digitally enabled learning activity in its approach. The school must new technologies for both students and teachers. It must demonstrate the strategy used by schools to change the ways in which teachers have historically instructed and interacted with students and how the typical school day is structured even for the faculty, whereby the use of technology helps reduce the administrative workload of the teachers. The award celebrates astute learning approaches with the use of technology in schools.

  8. Sports & Recreational Initiative in Education

    Sports and Recreation in the schools has grown beyond the traditional extracurricular programming. There is a greater understanding of the important role that recreation plays in the quality of community life. Outdoor education has served as a significant educational reform by using the outdoor leaning settings. This could include class activities, field trips, camping, ecological learning, expeditions, besides the sports competitions. The innovative concept of “Leisure Education” helps students participate in various activities to improve knowledge and skills by providing education through leisure.  Students get opportunity to increase self-awareness and use the lessons learned to gain life skills like how to work in a group, how to make decisions, how to solve problems and most importantly how to learn from disappointment / failure.

CATEGORY 4: JURY AWARDS

The Jury Awards will be decided and announced at the event itself.  These are at the discretion of the jury members.

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