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KVs, Navodaya Vidyalayas bag 10 awards for excellence

Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) swept the first edition of the India Education Awards on Tuesday in Delhi. The award was conferred by CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi.
Of the 19 awards to schools, 10 were bagged by KVs and JNVs from across the country, including KV Pitampura, which was among the winners of the ‘Whole School’ award.

Education Quality Foundation of India (EQFI)

The awards, instituted for the first time in the country by Education Quality Foundation of India (EQFI), are being conferred upon institutions for imparting quality education. EQFI is primarily an assessment and accreditation agency for schools and is currently doing quality assessments for schools like JNVs among others.
In all, EQFI received 10,632 applications from private and government schools from across the country. A jury comprising chairperson of National
Council for Teacher Education M A Siddiqui, joint secretary with MHRD Subhash Khuntia, former director of State Council for Educational Research and Training G L Arora, head of school education, British Council, Kanta Vadhera, former director of NCERT A K Sharma and associate professor with Lady Irwin College Neerja Sharma shortlisted 19 schools and three NGOs.
Joshi said: ‘‘Whenever we speak of quality in education there is no scope for compromise. Every child today is born with a mouse and in a highlyconnected environment. Unfortunately, when they go to schools they get completely disconnected. Teachers need to be more interactive, which is why CCE has been introduced.’’
Six schools —
  1. K C Thackeray Vidya Niketan (government)
  2. KV Pitampura
  3. ACS Centre, Bangalore
  4. Jusco School, Jharkhand
  5. St Columbas School, Delhi
  6. The Vellamal International School, Tamil Nadu