The award is given to meritorious teachers, who through their commitment have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of their students.
Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind said, the foundation of character building is laid in schools. He said, for students, teachers are like parents. President asked the teachers to understand their fundamental responsibilities.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narender Modi have greeted teachers across the country on this occasion.