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Uddhav Thackeray lauds Ranjitsinh Disale on winning the 'Global Teacher Prize 2020'

Disale shared 50 per cent of his $1 Million prize (INR 7 crores) with other nine finalists for their incredible work in education, and this marks the first time in the history of Global Teacher Prize where the prize money has been shared by the winner.

Uddhav Thackeray lauds Ranjitsinh Disale on winning the 'Global Teacher Prize 2020'
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Maharashtra State Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, on December 4, 2020, praised Ranjitsinh Disale, a Zilla Parishad school teacher from Solapur district, who won the Global Teacher Award for 2020. The award was presented by UNESCO and the Varkey Foundation in London.

The esteemed panel of the Awards chose Ranjitsinh Disale for his experimentation in the field which uses QR codes in school education. Disale has been selected for the award out of 12,000 teachers from 140 countries and was felicitated a cash prize of $1 Million (INR 7 crore), a big part of which he shared with other finalists for their contribution to the field.

After hearing the news of the award, CM Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Disale himself and praised him. On being asked what he would do with the money, he said that he would use it for improving the quality of education in other countries as well as for the Teacher Innovation Fund. Understanding the same, the CM appreciated his dedication to education, and stated that he will definitely be guided to improve the quality of education in the rural areas of the state and to inculcate the love of education in the children.

"Maharashtra is proud of you and the state, as well as the country, really needs such teachers," he added.

Besides the CM, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has also congratulated Disale on receiving the award, and said, "The work of Disley, who uses innovative concepts and innovative technologies for school education, is exemplary and commendable."

Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar said, "Ranjitsinh Disale will be a source of pride for the teachers as well as a boost to the education movement in the rural areas. Disale worked hard to instill the love of learning in students in rural areas and made effective use of technology. His work as an enterprising teacher will be a guide not only for the country but also for teachers all over the world. His determination to use the INR 7 crore towards improving the quality of education in other countries as well as for the 'Teacher Innovation Fund' proves his uniqueness. India has a glorious history of Gurusishya tradition, and Disale has not only carried this tradition forward but has worked to enhance the glory. I believe that the 'Global Teacher Award' announced to him will give a new direction and impetus to the educational movement in the state and the country."

During the awards, the foundation stated that Disale's decision to share the price came across as an 'extraordinary announcement' during the speech. With this, the nine finalists will receive more than $55,000 each, and this marks the first time in the history of the Global Teacher Prize where the money has been shared with the finalists. 

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