Ranjitsinh Disale, 1st Indian To Win Rs 7.4 Crore Global Teacher Prize

5 Dec, 2020 12:46 IST|Sakshi Post

Ranjitsinh Diasle, a 32-year-old teacher was awarded the Global Teacher Prize 2020. He has won a prize money of Rs 1million. He received this award for his extensive work in the field of the girl education and revolutionising textbooks in India. HeDisale shared his prize money with nine of his fellow finalists. Perhaps it is a first that such a gesture happened.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed education and the communities it serves in a multitude of ways. But in this hard time, teachers are giving their best to make sure every student has access to their birthright of a good education," said Disale, as per PTI.

"Teachers are the real changemakers…I am very pleased to announce that I will share 50 per cent of the prize money equally among my fellow top 10 finalists to support their incredible work. The nine finalists receive will get around Rs 40.57lakh each. I believe, together, we can change this world because sharing is growing," Mr Disale of Solapur's Paritewadi village said, according to PTI.

Engineer to Teacher

Disale initially wanted to become an engineer but his father suggested that he become a teacher. Things did not go right during his engineering course. But his experience in teaching at a college changed him. Disale is a school teacher at Zilla Parishad School in Paritewadi village, Maharashtra. The school building was in a shambles. Disale changed the entire atmosphere and translated the textbooks into local language to help children

Disale is the first to introduce QR codes in his school’s textbooks and he also sent a proposal to the Maharashtra government. And the HRD ministry has announced that all the NCERT books across India would have QR codes.

Innovative works by Disale

Not only teaching and improving school education, Disale also worked to build peace across the world. He connects young people from India and Pakistan, Israel, Iraq and Iran and The US and North Korea through ‘Let’s Cross the Border’s’ project. It was a six-week program and nearly 19,000 students have initiated this program. He is also well known for scientific experiments and he built a science lab at his home.

Other Precious Awards

Innovative Researcher of the Year 2016

National Innovation Foundation’s Innovator of the Year 2018

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’a  book he mentioned Dislae as ‘Hit refresh’

Joyful Moment for Disale

Veteran British actor and writer Stephen Fry announced the result  from the National History Museum in London on Thursday. He burst out in excitement after hearing the news. "Looks like it's your whole extended family now... oh wonderful my dear fellow," Fry commented watching Disale’s family celebrate.

Flood of wishes Pour in

Disale showed the world how a teacher should be. People from across the world including Dalai Lama, Maharashtra CM and others took to Twitter to congratulate him.

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