Tata Chemicals Announces 'Best Chemistry Teacher' Award

Commemorates International Year Of Chemistry 2011

Tata Chemicals Announces 'Best Chemistry Teacher' Award

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, September 5, 2011 /India PRwire/ -- United Nations has declared Year 2011 as the 'International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011' - a worldwide initiative focusing on the achievements of Chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind (www.chemistry2011.org). As official activity partner, Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL) is involved through the Human Touch of Chemistry Campaign website - specifically created to inculcate the love for chemistry in young minds (www.humantouchofchemistry.com).

Today, on the occasion of Teachers Day, Tata Chemicals announced the "Best Chemistry Teacher Award (BCTA)" to recognize Chemistry teachers in India. The initiative has been launched in collaboration with the Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT). Through this initiative, Tata Chemicals will recognize exemplary individuals involved in teaching Chemistry and its allied components.

Speaking on the initiative, Dr. Murali Sastry, Chief Scientific Officer, Tata Chemicals Limited, said, "Most of us owe it all to our teachers. But it is also true that once we've passed through the portals of educations, we tend to forget the dedication our teachers showed in making winners out of us - ordinary people. As a chemistry professional, I am glad to be associated with the "Best Chemistry Teacher Award (BCTA)" initiative that addresses the critical need to recognize the role our teacher's played in shaping minds."

Nominations of teachers involved in teaching class XI and XII, graduate courses and post graduate levels are solicited through the website www.humantouchofchemistry.com apart from the vast network of Association of Chemistry Teachers in India. The winners will be selected by an eminent panel comprising of scientists, industry professional and academia apart from the response of students through various social media platforms.

Dr. Sastry further added that "Chemistry is a vast subject and touches each and every one of us in many ways in our day to day lives. In this International Year of Chemistry, BCTA is our humble way to paying a tribute to our Chemistry teachers. I am very excited about the process and as the chairperson of the selection panel; I am looking forward to get a lot of nominations from deserving candidates."

About The Awards

The Best Chemistry Teacher Awards will be in the following categories

  • Best Chemistry Teacher (For Class XI/XII and equivalent)
  • Best Chemistry Teacher (For Bachelors Degree and equivalent)
  • Best Chemistry Teacher (For Masters Degree and above)
  • Best Chemistry Teacher for innovation in teaching.
  • Best Chemistry Teacher for promotion of Chemistry as a subject.
  • Most Popular Chemistry Teacher - purely based on social media response.

Teachers can be part of this competition by process of self nomination, nomination though a nominator i.e students/ colleges/others and nomination through ACT regional offices.

The awards are being sponsored by Tata Chemicals. Tata Group companies and brands like Tata Swach, Tata Manza, Tata Nano, Croma, Trent, Titan, Tata International, Tata Teleservices, Tata Salt, i-shakti Pulses, Tata Capital, Indian Hotels and others are partners for this unique initiative. For more details on the awards, please visit www.humantouchofchemistry.com

Notes to Editor

About Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT)

The Indian Association of Chemistry Teachers was launched in 2000 to serve as an apex national body of chemistry educators to promote excellence in chemistry education. The Association brings together on a common platform higher secondary school teachers, college and university lecturers, professors, scientists and researchers from industry for organizing subject related activities. Since its inception, IACT has worked tirelessly to strengthen chemistry education in India and to motivate students to pursue chemistry as a career. For more details visit www.iactindia.org

About Tata Chemicals Limited

A part of the US $ 67.4 B Tata Group, Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL) is a global company with interests in businesses that focus on LIFE - Living, Industrial and Farm Essentials. The story of the company is about harnessing the fruits of science for goals that go beyond business.

Through its Living Essentials portfolio the company has positively impacted the lives of millions of Indians. Tata Chemicals is the pioneer and market leader in India's branded Iodised salt segment. With the introduction of an innovative, low-cost, nanotechnology based water purifier; it is providing affordable, safe drinking water to the masses.

The company's Industry Essentials product range provides key ingredients to some of the world's largest manufacturers of glass, detergents and other industrial products. Tata Chemicals currently is the world's second largest producer of soda ash with manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Starting April 1st 2011, these key international subsidiaries have been rebranded as Tata Chemicals Europe Limited, Tata Chemicals Magadi Limited, Tata Chemicals South Africa Pty Limited, Tata Chemicals North America Inc., and Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) partners.

With its Farming Essentials portfolio the company has carved a niche in India as a crop nutrients provider. It is a leading manufacturer of urea and phosphatic fertilisers and, through its subsidiary Rallis, has a strong position in the crop protection business.

The Tata Chemicals Innovation Centre is home to world class R&D capabilities in the emerging areas of nanotechnology and biotechnology. The company's Centre for Agri-Solutions and Technology provides advice on farming solutions and crop nutrition practices.

The company has also entered into a joint venture with Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory Ltd. Singapore (JOiL) to develop jathropa seedlings to enable bio fuels capability.

In line with its mission, 'serving society through science', the company is applying its expertise in sciences, to develop high-tech and sustainable products.