"The task of an excellent teacher is to stimulate 'apparently ordinary' people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people." - K. Patricia Cross

* Kathryn Patricia Cross (born 1926) is a scholar of educational research.

Most of us owe it to our teachers. But, it is also true that once we've passed through the portals of education, we tend to forget the dedication the teachers have shown in making winners out of us - ordinary people.

This year, United Nations celebrates the International Year of Chemistry - IYC 2011. This is a worldwide initiative focusing on the achievements of Chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. See www.chemistry2011.org

Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL) is part of this initiative through its Human Touch of Chemistry Campaign. See www.humantouchofchemistry.com-a site specifically created to inculcate the love for chemistry in young minds.

To celebrate IYC 2011 in India, we have instituted the "Best Chemistry Teacher Award". This Award will appreciate the efforts of exemplary individuals involved in teaching Chemistry and its allied components at various educational levels. The nominees could be class XI and XII, undergraduate courses and post graduate level teachers.

Besides taking into account the experience and expertise of the teachers, this Award will also focus on innovative methods in teaching Chemistry. It takes into cognizance contributions made by individuals towards making chemistry enjoyable & exciting and promoting overall scientific literacy.

What makes this Award special is the transparent process of generating nominations and judging by an eminent panel. The Panelists are drawn from some of the most renowned academic institutes, research organizations and corporate houses in India.

To make this initiative highly engaging for students, we will use contemporary web and social media platforms. This, we feel, will give the students an opportunity to recognize the role teachers have played in shaping futures. This is our way of celebrating the role of a true Chemistry teacher. We have reserved a special award for the teacher who has been the most recognized by students.

We will bring our celebrations for IYC 2011 to a grand close with an award ceremony in December 2011.

We eagerly look forward to receiving your nomination.

We are honoured to bestow the following: