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Naveen felicitates national award winning teacher Om Prakash Mishra

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated National Award winning teacher, Om Prakash Mishra at the state Secretariat here on Friday. The chief minister presented a silver souvenir to Mishra for his extraordinary performance in the field of education.

The 48-year-old teacher is the only teacher from Odisha among the 45 teachers selected for the national award given by the Ministry of Human Resources Development this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed Om Prakash Mishra. Modi met Mishra personally and highly appreciated his effective use of school labs and technology in teaching science and mathematics.

Mishra has around 20 years of teaching experience and was earlier posted at various schools in Koraput district. He is currently a mathematics and science teacher at Jeypore High School in the district.

Mishra, who was honoured with the state government’s best teacher award last year, said he had begun his teaching career from remote Mathapada high school under Boipariguda block in the district in 1998.

During his stint at Mathapada, he realised that practical classes were difficult to be conducted in rural areas as science equipment were not easily available. So he planned to write a science practical handbook to help teachers of rural areas and wrote ‘Experimento’ in 2015.

Along with this, he also published many of his experimental thesis in various national and international journals.

Mishra has prepared a module which could help the needy students of tribal-dominated Koraput district to obtain scholarships. He has worked in the grass root level to develop the schools and the way of teaching.

This apart, to help the students in clearing the national means-cum-merit scholarship (NMMS) test, which is conducted for Class 8 students, he prepared a 40-day practice book ‘Kinetics’. Mishra, has also co-authored two books titled ‘Transit’ and ‘Transit-2’ a bridge course in mathematics for students of Classes 7, 8 and 9.

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