The absence of a major recognition for teachers forced Minerva Academy, San Francisco, USA, to initiate the Minerva Prize. To be awarded in May 2014, the award will recognise one distinguished educator who is delivering extraordinary learning experiences to students. “The winner will be inducted into the Minerva Academy, an honorary institution and forum for open exchange of new ideas and enhanced practices in higher education. In addition, he or she will receive a cash prize of $5,00,000 (approx `28 lakh),” informs Robin Goldberg, chief marketing officer, Minerva Project. The academy plans to make this an annual feature. “We are looking for educators with innovations that are original, impactful and inspire both students and other educators,” says Goldbreg. The Minerva Prize hopes to elevate status of teaching and teachers globally, by recognising their contribution to society. Details about eligibility are available on their website, www.minervaproject.com/academy. Nominations are open now. You can apply till November 30. The winner will be announced in May, 2014, and a formal presentation would take place in October, 2014.
The academy also has an ambitious plan to set up a research-based university in Fall 2015. “We will be conducting a small pilot programme in Fall 2014 for a select group of students (around 20). We will begin to recruit students in Fall 2013. Interested students can reach out to us via our website,” says Goldberg. Students will have the opportunity to live in nearly seven countries during their four years,” she says.