Atomic Energy Education Society. From the award year 2001, ‘Special Awards’ have been
instituted for teachers promoting inclusive education in schools and the education of children
with disabilities in regular schools. The total number of ‘Special Awards’ are 43. ‘Special
Awards’ are conferred on the teachers of following categories:- teachers with disabilities
working in mainstream schools; - special teacher or trained general teachers who have done
outstanding work for inclusive education. Each award carries with it a certificate of merit, a cash
award of ₹ 50,000/- and a silver medal.
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
The Scheme of Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVS) (Central Schools) was approved in 1962 to
provide uninterrupted education to the wards of transferable central government employees.
Consequently, Central School Organization was started as a unit of the Ministry of Education
(now Ministry of Human Resource Development). Initially, 20 regimental schools, then
functioning at places having large concentration of defence personnel, were taken over as Central
Schools during the academic year 1963-64.
The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan was registered as a society under the Societies
Registration Act in 1965. The primary aim of the Sangathan is to provide, establish, endow,
maintain, control and manage the Central Schools (Kendriya Vidyalayas) located all over India
and abroad. The Government of India wholly finances the Sangathan.
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
The National Policy on Education, 1986, envisaged setting up of residential Navodaya
schools with an aim of providing excellence coupled with equity and social justice. Consequent
to this, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti was registered as a Society, under the Society Registration
Act, of 1860, with the objective to establish Navodaya Vidyalayas to provide good quality
modern education - including a strong component of inculcation of values, awareness of the
environment, adventure activities and physical education - to the talented children predominantly
from the rural areas without regard to their family’s socio-economic condition. The opening of a
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is based on the proposal from the concerned state/ UT
governments offering about 30 acres of suitable land, free of cost. The state government has also
to provide sufficient temporary building and other infrastructures, free of rent, to accommodate
240 students and staff for three to four years or till such time the Samiti constructs its own
buildings at the permanent site.
National Council of Educational Research and Training
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) provides academic
and technical supports for qualitative improvement of school education. The NCERT was
established in 1961 as an apex national body to lead qualitative changes in school education.
NCERT has been playing an advisory role guiding central and state governments in formulating
policies, acts and government programmes. It has played a crucial role in the development of
national policies on education (1968-1986) and national curriculum frameworks. The researches
undertaken by the Council have led to building new perspective of schooling and also provided
inputs for formulation of policies and programmes. NCERT has been designing and offering
innovative and need-based courses for teachers, teacher educators and counsellors. The curricular