JagranJosh.com presents Season 1 of Education Awards (March 2021). These awards are intended to acknowledge and applaud the efforts of Educational Leaders and Teachers who displayed excellence in education during the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

These awards will also recognize and award meritorious Students who rose against the odds to showcase exceptional academic or extracurricular work during the schools closure. The awards are therefore aimed at felicitating both the stakeholders - Students and Educators – in the education ecosystem who set a personal example of dedication and innovation in the face of adverse circumstances.

Who can be nominated?

Educational Leadership Awards
Principals/Heads of Institutions (School/College)

Educator Awards
Educators working with School or College Students

Student Awards
Lockdown Champions: School and College Students

Nominations can be for individual as well as group effort. Candidates can nominate themselves for one or more categories.

Awards Categories

For Educational Leaders

Outstanding Educational Leader This category will recognise 3 educational leaders (Principals/Heads of Institutions) who demonstrated excellence in educational leadership during the pandemic

For Educators

Most Innovative Teaching Method An initiative that made teaching or learning easier for the educators or students.
Best Initiative (For Grassroots Service) An initiative that benefitted educators or students from the economically weaker or disadvantaged section of the society.
Best Initiative (For Children with Special Needs [CWSN]) An initiative that benefitted those with either physical or learning disabilities.
Best Initiative (Edutainment – Making Learning Fun) An initiative that made learning fun and interactive while retaining the academic benefits.
Most Innovative use of Science & Technology An initiative that made innovative use of science & tech to solve an everyday problem
Best Initiative (For Mental Health Awareness) An initiative that significantly raised awareness or provided solutions for improved mental health.
Best Initiative (Using Social Media)An initiative that made use of social media to make a significant contribution in improving learning outcomes.

For Students

Most Innovative Educational Project A project or initiative that demonstrated innovation and out of the box thinking in an academic context.
Most Creative Online Initiative An initiative that demonstrated exceptional creativity during the lockdown
Most Socially-Relevant Initiative A socially relevant initiative that demonstrated active involvement with a social cause and produced measurable results.
Best Use of Science & Technology A project or initiative that made innovative use of science & tech for a practical and useful application in daily life.
Most Creative Use of Social Media A project/initiative/campaign that made the most effective use of social media in a meaningful way for constructive results.
Most Promising Literary Talent Any work or series of work that demonstrated literary brilliance in either text or audio/visual format.
Special Award (Popular Choice) Any other significant academic or extracurricular achievement during the lockdown which demonstrates outstanding initiative, significant presence of mind or leadership potential.

How to Nominate?

Nominations for the awards are now closed. Thanks for your enthusiastic participation!

Benefits for the Award Winners

Recognition in the form of Award Trophy and Certificate by India’s #1 Education Portal – JagranJosh.com (30 Million + Unique Users/month. Source: ComScore May ‘20)

Names of the awardees will be widely published in Jagran New Media group websites (107 Million + Unique Users/month. Source: ComScore May ‘20) and all social platforms.


Sharad Vivek Sagar

CEO - Dexterity Global, Social Entrepreneur & Expert at KBC

The youngest Jury Panelist of JagranJosh Education Awards 2021, Sharad Vivek Sagar is an internationally awarded social entrepreneur whose innovative and inspirational leadership has ...

Dr Bhola Gurjar

Dean – Resources & Alumni Affairs, IIT Roorkee

Dr. Bhola Ram Gurjar is a Professor in Civil (Environmental Engineering) and Dean of Resources & Alumni Affairs at India’s premier technological institution, Indian Institute of Technology – IIT...

Dr Prashant Mishra

Dean – External Relations & New Initiatives, IIM Calcutta

Prof Prashant Mishra has 20 years of experience as an educator, researcher, trainer, consultant and institution builder (not necessarily in the same order) in both finest Public and Private Educational...

Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat

Principal – The Scindia School, Gwalior

Dr Madhav Deo Saraswat is currently serving as the Principal of The Scindia School, Gwalior. A responsibility he has held since April 2015. He has demonstrated enormous success...

Ms. Shashi Banerjee

Principal – Shiv Nadar School, NOIDA

A practitioner of mindfulness, Mrs. Banerjee assigns herself the role of a curator and a craftsman engaged in helping build and nurture an environment conducive to multiple learning...

Dr Saumya Sindhwani

Associate Dean – Advanced Management Programs, ISB Hyderabad

Dr Saumya Sindhwani is a faculty member in the strategy and leadership area at the Indian School of Business, where she is the Associate Dean for the...

Dr Monica Singhania

Professor of Economics – Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi

Monica Singhania is Professor of Finance & Accounting at Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, India. She is a graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC),...

Parikshit Bhardwaj

Head – Content, Jagran New Media

Parikshit Bhardwaj Heads Content at JagranJosh.com. He is an educational content professional with 15+ years of rich experience in creating solutions for new-age learners. He brings transferable skills from...


In the year 2020, the world witnessed massive academic disruption because of the school/college closures caused due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown. Students were forced to stay indoors and it took some time for the world to come to terms with the digital delivery of education. India was no different and was affected more because of the digital divide that separates the haves from the have nots.

However, students and teachers quickly adapted to the changed circumstances and online education became the new normal. During this period, some stories stood out more conspicuously than others and became an inspiration for the rest of us. These were of the educators and students who braved immense odds (like lack of access to basic resources, unfavorable family circumstances, digital divide and lack of access to governmental/institutional support) to set exemplary standards of excellence in education.

These awards are therefore being organised to felicitate and honour these very Students and Educators who went the extra mile to set a personal example of dedication and innovation in the face of adverse circumstances.

JagranJosh Education Awards are decided by pan-India votes and a prestigious jury’s decision. Winning these awards means being part of a select league of students and educators of high calibre & repute.
These awards celebrate individual achievements of students and teachers during the pandemic. Hence we encourage you to apply if you think you fulfil the requirements in any given category. Selection is purely merit based.
First you have to register on the website or send an email as per the nomination process. Your entry will be reviewed editorially and, if accepted, you will hear from us about the next steps. Shortlisted nominations will be put up for audience voting followed by the jury selection round. The jury will decide the final winners who will receive the award trophy and certificate in a virtual awards ceremony.
The jury’s decision will be final in this regard.

There are no fees for nominations in any category. JNM reserves the right to accept/decline any nomination based on the criteria mentioned.

Please note that completing this nomination survey, while required for award consideration, does not guarantee the Nominee's inclusion. Inclusion is subject to meeting certain criteria consistent with the mission, objectives, and policies of JNM. The information you enter is also subject to editing for style, accuracy, or other reasons.