Uttarakhand News

Uttarakhand teacher among 50 contenders for $1 million global teacher prize

A teacher from the state of Uttarakhand who teaches at a little known institution has been shortlisted for top 50 contenders for the prestigious annual Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, that saw over 30,000 applications from 173 countries in the world. Pradeep Negi, a person with disabilities, teaches economics, computer science and social science at Government Inter College BHEL Ranipur in Haridwar.

Negi was shortlisted for his fighting spirit despite being a person with disabilities. He overcame several adversities to innovate new pedagogy and teaching methods to make economics and social subjects compelling to students. He has helped more than 1200 teachers in the state of Uttarakhand.  In 2014, he was awarded the National Award of ICT by the President of India in New Delhi.

Congratulations to Pradeep Negi for reaching the final 50. I hope his story inspires those looking to enter the teaching profession and shines a spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world every day. We intend to keep this momentum going as our journey continues to return teachers to their rightful position as one of the most respected professions in society.

– Sunny Varkey, founder, Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize

The Global Teacher Prize is an annual award present by Varkey Foundation to recognize one exceptional teacher every year who has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession. Top 50 shortlisted teachers will be narrowed down to top 10 finalists. The winner will then be selected from the final 10 finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy.