INSA Teachers Award

Indian National Science Academy


To recognize and value excellence, consistency and high level of teaching in Indian Colleges, Universities and Institutions, the Academy instituted INSA Teachers Award in 2012. The award shall be made annually to recognize and honour teachers for providing guidance, inspiration and mentoring students to take up careers in Science and Technology. All disciplines of Science and Technology including Medical & Engineering Sciences come under the purview of this award. 

Nominations shall be considered by the Committee duly constituted by President, INSA. No new names should be discussed and proposed during the meeting. The Committee shall place its recommendations to the Council in October meeting for final approval. 

Particulars of such candidates whose details/​areas of specialization are not clearly represented among the members of the Committee may be referred to appropriate experts as identified by the Committee members preferably amongst the Fellows of the Academy. 

The names of the awardees selected for the award shall be announced in the Annual General Meeting in the month of October and subsequently communicated to the awardees. 

The presentation of the Awards shall be made by the President, INSA, at the time of Anniversary General Meeting. 

For receiving the award, the awardees (along with spouse) will be paid travel expenses to cover the actual airfare (economy) and local conveyance as applicable. INSA will help in providing local hospitality. Reimbursement will be made on production of tickets. 


The award shall be made to outstanding teachers currently working or worked till retirement in India, with at least 20 years of teaching experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level in any Indian College/​University/​Institution.


Selection will be based on consistent excellence in teaching as evident from performance of students, inspiring students to take up careers in Science and Technology, introducing novel teaching methods, experiments and materials, and pedagogy. Active involvement in science popularization and outreach activities will be an additional consideration. The award will not be offered to Fellows of any of the national academies. It will also not be offered to anyone who is Vice-Chancellor of an University, Director of an Institution/​laboratory and/​or holding a position where his/​her teaching is restricted. 

To Apply

A notification inviting nominations for the award shall be issued each year in the month of February/​March.

A teacher may be nominated by Fellows of INSA, Principal of a College, Vice-Chancellor of a University, Director of an Institution, a colleague or by a former student who is associated with an academic/R&D institution. The nominator may forward only one nomination in a year. 

A nomination shall remain valid for consideration for two consecutive years. 

The nomination shall be made in the prescribed format. One hard copy and a soft copy (in MS-Word only), along with all supporting documents, must reach the Academy latest by May 31.

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