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Recognition of grit of students

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Mukta Nain, director of Birla High Schools, awarded the Dr Mrs NB O’Brien Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for a Teacher
Mukta Nain, director of Birla High Schools, awarded the Dr Mrs NB O’Brien Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for a Teacher
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Debraj Mitra, Jhinuk Mazumdar, Snehal Sengupta   |   Calcutta   |   Published 13.12.20, 04:21 AM

A list of the awardees at the IIHM presents The Telegraph School Awards for Excellence 2020, 25th Edition, in association with The Bhawanipur Education Society College

The Caring Minds Award for a ‘School that Cares’

Special mention (for handling the pandemic)

Calcutta Rescue: Distributed smartphones among slum children
Adamas World School: Provided a part of its Barasat campus to set up a quarantine centre

Joint winners

Antyodoy Ashram: Home to 78 children, orphans or children of single parents incapable of bringing them up Batighar Pathshala: School for 56 children, mostly from slums and footpaths

Don Bosco School, Liluah: Host of welfare activities like teaching girls over 14 years for free and conducting night schools 

The Somak Dutta Endowment Award

Moner Unmesh: A school for tribal children, mostly first-generation learners, in Garbeta, West Midnapore. The mud building of the school was damaged by Cyclone Fani (2019) and razed by Cyclone Amphan in May this year

The Anand Paul Memorial Award for Social Service

Chowringhee High School

St Joseph’s School, North Point

The Ambuja Neotia Award for Excellence in Maintenance and Eco-Friendly Initiatives

Adamas World School

Tribeni Tissues Vidyapith Scholarships, Section 1

Dr. Ashin Dasgupta Memorial Scholarship

Rhichick Dey: South Point High School 

Lakshmipat Singhania Education Foundation Scholarship

Jyoti Mardi: Maladang Koherakuri Bangshidhar Uchcha Vidyalaya, Birbhum

Dr Amiya Kumar Bose Memorial Scholarship

Indrajit Roy Laskar: Haldibari Uchha Madhyamik Vidyalaya

The Late Debaprasad Das Purkayastha Memorial Scholarship

Santanu Dutta: Malpar Vivekananda Sikshaniketan, West Midnapore

Hariyana Vidyamandir Scholarship

Jhumi Debnath: Ranaghat Nasra Girls High School, Nadia

The Bansari Saha and Late Malay Saha Scholarship

Prerna Rana: Belda Gangadhar Academy, West Midnapore

The Sonika Chauhan Award for Courage

Yubasana Kapa: Gokhale Memorial Girls’ School

Susmita Sarkar: National High School Hazra Road Campus (The Sonika Chauhan 27 Foundation Scholarship)

The Surrendra Paul Memorial Award for Courage

Aaditya Kumar Agarwal: MC Kejriwal Vidyapeeth

Arkojit Mukherjee: Union Chapel School

Kinkini Chatterjee: Lakshmipat Singhania Academy

Ronit Adhikary: Calcutta Public School Kalikapur (also winner of the Tarun Kumar Sinha Memorial Scholarship)

Sk Muhemin Ali: Saifee Golden Jubilee English Public School

Sumit Kumar Lal: National High School, Hazra Road Campus (also winner of the Chittajit De Memorial Scholarship)

Soumili Hor: The Assembly of God Church School, Park Street (Died on September 17. Diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease in Class VI, for which she struggled to move even with crutches. She attended school regularly despite her numerous health issues)

The IIHM Award for Excellence in Academics

CBSE: Lakshmipat Singhania Academy

ICSE and ISC: The Heritage School

Madhyamik and HS: GB Memorial Institution

The Madanlal Dhandhania Charitable Trust Award for Academic Excellence by a Student

Special honour

Auhona Mukherjee: Delhi Public School Megacity (Humanities stream)

Subham Ghosh: DAV Model School, Durgapur (Science stream)

Yamini Chetani: Mahadevi Birla World Academy (Commerce stream)

Joint winners 

Sreemanti Dey: Delhi Public School Ruby Park 

Utsav Basu: South Point High School

Scholarships, Section II

The Delhi Public School Megacity Scholarship

Prabir Mukherjee: Malpar Vivekananda Sikshaniketan, West Midnapore

The Admissiontree Scholarship

Kajal Das: Paschim Barisha Kamala Vidyamandir

The Tarinidas Roy and The Pratibha Roy Memorial Scholarship

Piyali Nayak: AK Mitra Institution, Dhakuria

The Mayukh Mitter Memorial Scholarship

Debanjan Sarkar: Ashokenagar Boys Secondary School, North 24-Parganas

The Capt. Sanjib Sen and Mrs Suchitra Sen Memorial Scholarship

Barsha Mandal: Kanaknagar SD Institution, Hingalganj, North 24-Parganas 

The Bhawanipur Education Society College Award for an Educationist

Chhaya Biswas: She started at Loreto Day School Bowbazar in 1955 as a teacher, worked in several other schools and more than six decades later, she is still guiding students and this time in online mode.

Ratan Chandra Dhara: The teacher of Bonbibitala High School (HS) writes skits to raise awareness against child marriage.

Dipak Roy Chowdhury: He uses magic to teach sciences and mathematics at Niva Ananda Vidyalaya, Brahmapur, Garia.

Special mention

Theo Baker. Now in her 90s, she was associated with many schools as a care-giver to underprivileged children.

The Dr Mrs NB O’Brien Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for a Teacher

Mukta Nain: The director of Birla High Schools has been in the field of education for more than three decades and believes in providing all-round education to students.

Nazirah Ganjee: The former teacher of La Martiniere for Girls, both “strict and soft”, has involved herself with various occasions like Founders’ Day, Sports Day and Children’s Day.

Grace Williams: The teacher at Loreto Convent Entally, also a social worker, has instilled the Loreto values in her students.

The Abhirup Bhadra Memorial ‘Thank You Baba-Ma Award’

Rehana Sardar: A single mother of three children in a middle-class family, she took up a job after her husband abandoned them and is bringing up her daughters. One of the daughters, Mehdiya Binte Aftab, of Jewish Girls’ School, received The Dr Krishna Roy Scholarship.

Sunil Sharma and Mamta Sharma: They have never let their hard times impact their daughter’s education. Sunil Sharma lost his job a few years back, got a part-time job but met with an accident. Mamta Sharma does a part-time tailoring job. Daughter Anjali Sharma, of St John's Diocesan Girls' Higher Secondary School, received The Saradindu Sen & Indira Sen Memorial Scholarship.

Kalyan Adhya and Rupa Adhya: Rupa had to sell a kidney to make ends meet and pay for the treatment of son Acharya, who had a rare disease. Acharya received The Indu Basu & Pritish Chandra Basu Memorial Scholarship. 

Abhijit Sarkar and Late Mandira Sarkar Chakraborty: The couple’s son, Arkodeep of St Luke's Day School, has scored 96 per cent in ISC. His mother, who passed away last year, played a significant role in guiding him in academics and music.  

The Kalyan Bharati Trust Award for All-Round Excellence

Joint winners

Dhruv Banka, of La Martiniere for Boys, scored 94 per cent in ISC. He is a debater and a cricketer, and his social work includes conducting food drives

Acharya Adhya, of Abhinav Bharati High School, has fought a disease in childhood, excelled in academics and also in rifle shooting and other sports.

The Adamas University Award for Outstanding Talent in Sports

Special Honour

Shreyas Bahadur Shah, of St Joseph's School North Point, for volleyball, basketball and athletics.


Aronyak Ghosh, of South Point High School, an international master who has been playing chess since he was nine

The Balrampur Chini Mills Award for Outstanding Talent

Nilav Bose (photography): Don Bosco School, Liluah    

Shivam Agarwal (space technology): Lakshmipat Singhania Academy

The Anirban Sinha Award for Outstanding Talent in Music

Sagnik Sen: South Point High School

Shreyan Bhattacharya: DAV Public School, Midnapore

The Shining Star Honour

Suchandan Ghosh: K. Carmel School, Sarisha

Usha Mondal: Calcutta Public School Kalikapur

Mira Das: Silver Point School

Biswajit Mazumder: Bhavan's Gangabux Kanoria Vidyamandir

Satyabrata Kayal: Gems Akademia International School   

The Telegraph Education Foundation Award for Excellence in Extra Curricular Activities

Joint winners

Lakshmipat Singhania Academy

South Point High School 

The Telegraph School of The Year

The Heritage School

Delhi Public School Megacity

Suborno Bose 

Chairman and CEO, IIHM

We are very proud and privileged to be a part of The Telegraph School Awards for the past four years. I would like to congratulate the entire The Telegraph Education Foundation for providing support to students for the past 25 years and this is something that nobody has done. I also want to thank every teacher for their selfless service 
towards educating children during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Miraj D. Shah 

Vice-chairman, The Bhawanipur Education Society College

Stepping into 25 years is a huge thing for any programme and the fact that The Telegraph Education Foundation has been helping students all along is just amazing. The sheer number of students’ lives it has touched is incredible. We can only wish all the best and want this programme to grow even bigger and better.

Barry O’Brien 

Trustee, The Telegraph Education Foundation 

Twenty-five years is a long time and over this time period some of us have doubled or tripled our chins. However, The Telegraph School Awards has grown in strength and we are grateful to those who stood by rock solid at our side.

Amitabha Datta 

Chairman, The Telegraph Education Foundation

The Telegraph School Awards has become extremely popular over the past 25 years not only in the city but all over the state and it is extremely heartening for us.

The programme that we had started 25 years ago has transformed the lives of many young children as it helped them pursue their educational endeavours despite their problems and we are grateful to all the individuals, corporates, schools as well as the teachers who have all made it possible for us.

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