National Award to Principal

NATIONAL AWARD TO TEACHERS - 2012

Dr. M. Kasturi, Principal, Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, received the National Award to Teachers - 2012 from the Hon'ble President Shri Pranab Mukerjee on Teacher's Day dated 5th September 2013 in a grand function arranged by the Ministry of Human Resource Development at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. The then Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Hon'ble Ministers of Human Resource Development, Dr. M. Mangapati Pallam Raju, Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Shri Jitin Prasada also felicitated the Awardees.

Dr. Kasturi is nominated by the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, after scrutiny at regional level and at Central Level in recognition of her valuable services to CBSE as a Principal of outstanding merit for the past sixteen years, seven years of which are from Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, Pilani.

Dr. Kasturi has several academic achievements for the past 26 years. She has obtained M.Sc., M.Phil., M.Ed and Ph.D degrees and was in Research and Development during initial years working in the areas of Reproductive Physiology, Fertility Regulation and contraception. She has also done research on Camel Genetics and Breeding and published several research papers in Journals of International Repute. Her research papers have been referred in research citation by many of the researchers which are the testimony for her significant contribution in the field of Research and Development. She has also published several popular articles in Newspapers and CBSE Journal. Dr. Kasturi has also taught at pre university colleges and universities for around ten years.

Dr. Kasturi had joined St Edmunds School, Malviya Nagar Jaipur, one of the premier Senior Secondary schools of Jaipur, as a Principal and worked for around 9 years. She had brought Senior Secondary Status to the school and introduced Biotechnology in science stream. Consistency in academic development with 100% result is her achievement in the school. Her several students have achieved high status and are still in touch with her.

Dr. Kasturi joined Vidyapeeth as a Principal in 2006; Since joining her main areas of focus have been Improved infrastructure, Technology aided teaching, Emphasis on child centered teaching, Identifying talents of students and Technology Aided safety and security system. The school excels in all round curricular and extracurricular activities. The board results are 100% with school average percentage being maintained consistently above 77%, with the highest being 85% since her joining. The Mamraj Agarwal Rashtriya Puraskar Award with a Cash Prize of Rs 5000, given by His Excellency Governor of Rajasthan for the meritorious candidates was bagged by the BBVP students consecutively till it was last awarded in 2009, The School is recognized as one of the best schools in the Ajmer region and the Principal has been conferred Sri Ghashiram's Award in the field of Education in 2009. The strength of Boarders also increased from 520 to 675 while maintaining quality admission. A pleasant and cordial atmosphere is evident in the school among staff and children.

Dr. Kasturi undertook several CBSE Assignments as Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, AIPMT/AIEEE examination since 2004; CBSE Head Examiner for Secondary examination (Science) since 2003; CBSE Chief Nodal Supervisor for AISSE (Science & Technology) since 2004; CBSE Observer for Secondary and Senior Secondary Practical Examination since 2004, Chief Nodal Supervisor for spot evaluation for many subjects for AISSCE (Board Examinations), External Examiner - CBSE board examinations - Biology and Biotechnology since 2004 and as Convener/Member for CBSE affiliation Branch.

Besides the national award, Dr. Kasturi is also the recipient of Jewel of India Award, conferred by Indian Solidarity Council, for the outstanding achievements in the field of education; Eminent Educationist Award, conferred by Indian Solidarity Council, for the outstanding achievements in the field of education; CBSE & ICSE Pariksha awards for the Best Principal

2008 and 2009, conferred by Rachna Sagar Pvt Ltd. Dr. Kasturi has been the Joint Secretary for Society for Unaided Private Schools of Rajasthan; Mentor for B. Ed students, IGNOU and Member of Women Harassment Cell, Birla Institute of Technology (BITS) Pilani.