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Cash Awards

TPO 2017 winners are eligible for a set of cash awards:

  • Overall 1st rank holder: cash award of INR 1,00,000 (one lakh).
  • Overall 2nd and 3rd rank holders: cash awards of INR 50,000 (fifty thousand) each.
  • Overall 4th to 10th rank holders: cash awards of INR 10,000 (ten thousand) each.
  • Overall 11th to 50th rank holders: cash awards of INR 5,000 (five thousand) each.

Further, there are special cash awards for the toppers of the TPO Challenger test tracks:

  • 1st rank holder of each of the three Challenger tracks: cash award of INR 1,00,000 (one lakh) each.
  • 2nd and 3rd rank holders of each of the three Challenger tracks: cash award of INR 50,000 (fifty thousand) each.
  • 4th to 10th rank holders of each of the three Challenger tracks: cash award of INR 10,000 (ten thousand) each.

This year, there are a set of special cash awards meant for students pursuing a degree in education:

  • 1st and 2nd rank holders from Teacher Education Institutes/B.Ed. Colleges: cash award of INR 50,000 (fifty thousand) each.
  • The next 20 rank holders: cash award of INR 5000 (five thousand) each.
  • * Note for TPO Challenger participants: In case you are eligible for a cash award in the TPO as well as the Challenger, you will receive only the higher one, not both.

International Conference Sponsorship

The toppers of 17 Subject Tracks will be invited to attend the prestigious international conferences- Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF) 2018, by Varkey Foundation, in March 2018 in Dubai- with airfare, accommodation and visa expenses sponsored.

These winners must fulfil a cut-off score criterion, which would be decided by CENTA.


To read about the experiences of TPO 2016 winners who attended this international conference, visit the Testimonials section or our Facebook page!

Two week training in Oxford University and Other Prizes from Oxford University Press

  • Two winning teachers from Middle School English Challenger Track will receive sponsorship from Oxford University Press (OUP) including program cost, travel and accommodation to attend the two-week Oxford English Language Teachers' Academy Masterclass at Oxford University in July 2018.
  • Four winning teachers from Middle School English Challenger Track will receive sponsorship from OUP to attend the 30-hours Oxford Teachers’ Academy Online training program.
  • Ten winning teachers will receive sponsorship from OUP to take up the 10-hours Online Teacher Training program.

National Recognition and Career Opportunities

  • The Hindu group of publications will profile each State Topper* in early 2018.

  • A total of approximately 1000 winners will receive TPO Certificates from CENTA and be listed as winners on the TPO website, as long as they fulfil a cut-off score criterion (anyone who falls in more than one category will receive a single certificate covering all the relevant ranks).

    • Top 500 National Rank Holders
    • Top 20 State Rank Holders* from each State/UT for which ranks are declared**
    • Top 20 Subject Rank Holders from each of the 17 subject tracks.

  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will support the top 50 rank-holders who work full-time in ‘affordable schools’ (schools charging a student fee of less than Rs. 1500 per month), in taking up the full CENTA Certification, as ‘Social Impact Awards’.

* For declaring State Ranks, your State/UT of current residence will be taken as the basis, irrespective of which city you choose for participating in the TPO.

** Ranks will be declared for all States/UTs where the number of participants crosses a cut-off number defined by CENTA. Participants from other states will be clubbed with the nearest possible State/UT for the purpose of declaring ranks. In case a particular state has very high participation, CENTA may decide to declare additional State Ranks for that particular state based on cut-off scores, to maintain parity.

Contributing to a Book

Get a unique opportunity to spread your experience and wisdom to a much wider population! Each of the following winners will be invited to contribute to a book on great teaching practices (specific themes to be discussed later),to be curated and published by Central Square Foundation!

  • Overall Top 10 national rank-holders.
  • Subject Topper for each of the 17 subject tracks.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd rank holders of each of the three Challenger tracks.
  • Five additional winners serving in tough socio-economic settings, as decided by a panel.

Please note that a new edition of this book is expected to be published once every two years, combining winners of TPOs from both years.

TPO Certificate for your School / Organization

Delight your principal, school management, fellow teachers and students by bringing back a TPO Certificate for your school (or organization)!

Each school or organization which has winners in TPO 2017 (500 National Rank Holders, 20 State Rank Holders from each State/UT, 20 Subject Rank Holders from each of the 17 subject tracks*) will receive a TPO Certificate, with details about the number of the winners.

* This refers to the same list of winners as being declared for awarding individual TPO Certificates.

TPO Challenger Prizes

The winners of the three Challenger tracks in Middle School English, Middle School Maths and Middle School Science will be eligible for all the prizes and ranks of the main TPO (for which only the first two hours, common between the main TPO and Challenger, will be counted).

Additionally, there are also exclusive prizes for TPO Challenger, which are worth highlighting here:

  • Cash Awards: The top 10 rank holders of each of the three Challenger tracks will receive separate cash awards: INR 1,00,000 (one lakh) each for the three 1st rank holders; INR 50,000 (fifty thousand) each for the 2nd and 3rd rank holders; INR 10,000 (ten thousand) each for the 4th to 10th rank holders.

  • Co-Authoring a Book: Not only the topper but all the top 3 rank-holders of each of the three Challenger tracks will be invited to contribute to the book being facilitated by Central Square Foundation.

  • Two winning teachers from Middle School English Challenger Track will receive sponsorship from Oxford University Press(OUP) including, program, travel and accommodation, to attend the two-week Oxford English language Teachers' Academy Master Class at Oxford University.

  • ‘Subject Expertise Micro-Credential’ which is otherwise attained by registering for CENTA Certificate, can now be attained through TPO-Challenger!

* In case you are eligible for a cash award in the TPO as well as the Challenger, you will receive only the higher one, not both.

Prizes for B.Ed. and other Teacher-Students

This year, there are a set of special cash awards meant for students pursuing a degree in education:

  • 1st and 2nd rank holders from Teacher Education Institutes/B.Ed. Colleges: cash award of INR 50,000 (fifty thousand) each.
  • The next 20 rank holders: cash award of INR 5000 (five thousand) each.
  • The profile of the Teacher Education Institute with the maximum number of rank holders will be shared with schools of the region that have participated in the TPO.

More

  • One-year free subscription to The Hindu* to the Top 50 National Rank Holders!
  • Each participant of TPO 2017 will receive a Confidential ‘Personalized Performance Report’, with detailed scores, overall and topic-wise.
  • Schools, institutes or organizations with 10 or more teachers participating will get a confidential ‘School/Organization Report’, WITHOUT individual teacher information, which we hope will help inform your overall professional development efforts.

* In case you live in an area where The Hindu does not have direct distribution of subscriptions, you will get a one-year free subscription for The Hindu online (e-paper).

Each winner will receive a TPO 2017 Certificate

In addition, all participants will get a confidential “Personalized Performance Report”, with detailed scores, view of relative performance and areas of strength and improvement. Schools with 10 or more teachers participating will get a confidential “School Performance Report”, WITHOUT individual teacher information; same for B.Ed./D.Ed. colleges with 10 or more candidates participating.

Interested participants can also use the TPO 2017 score as the first step towards a CENTA Certificate (of Level 1, 2 or 3).

Please note that all prizes are subject to relevant Terms and Conditions.

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