A novel attempt to select the best and most creative teachers.

With the realisation that it was necessary to equip teachers before equipping students, the Coimbatore Zone of the CII held some events to mark Teachers’ Day. The competitions, aimed at selecting the “best and most creative among the teachers of higher education institutions” in the region, had faculty from colleges and universities competing in two events, either individually or as a team of two.

And, it turned out to be an opportunity for teachers to don the thinking cap. But for a change, they did not do so for the sake of their students or the institution they were attached to. Nearly 70 of them did that to showcase their creative talent and domain at the CII event held in Coimbatore. And, those judging them were representatives from the industry.

As many as 31 teams took part in “Storm in a Tea Cup”, which involved a case writing exercise based on real-time experience in the industry, and 35 took part in “Into the Thinking Maps”, which had teachers teach a topic given to them using innovative teaching methodology. As many as 12 judges were formed into six teams, three each for an event.

Summing up after the competitions, Sheela Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Avinashilingam University for Women, and co-convenor of the CII Education Panel, said that the initiative was a novel attempt by the Coimbatore Zone of CII.

She suggested that the participants should take this experience forward and share it with other teachers in their institution.

The eight best finalists in each category will compete at the final round of the competition to be held on September 21.