Ranjitsinh Disale is an Indian teacher who is teaching in a government school of Maharashtra. In 2020, he became the first Indian to win “Global Teacher Prize” for his efforts to promote girls’ education.
Ranjitsinh was born on Friday, 5 August 1988 (age 32 years; as of 2020) in Paritewadi, Maharashtra. His zodiac sign is Leo.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father, Mahadev Disale, is a Zilla Parishad college trainer. His brother’s name is Amit Disale.
In his first school as a teacher, he noticed that the condition of school’s infrastructure was not good, and most of the girls in the village were from tribal communities. At that time, in such communities girl’s education was not promoted, and their marriage in the teenage years was very common. Another problem which Disale noticed was that the school curriculum was not in the regional language (Kannada) of students, so, he started learning Kannada and redesigned all the textbooks from 1st standard to 4th standard in Kannada. He also embedded audio poems, stories, and video lectures in Kannada with the unique QR codes, and with its help the students were able to study from their home as well, specially the girls who were not allowed to attend the school.
In 2009, he joined Zilla Parishad Primary School, Paritewadi, Maharashtra as an assistant teacher. He has started various projects ‘Chup baith Bapu datenge’ and ‘Hour of life’ to promote education among the children. His project “QR Coded Text Books” was so successful that the Government of Maharashtra implemented this project in all curriculars in Maharashtra. He has also copyrighted his creative idea “QR Coded Text Books.” The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) decided to implement his idea of QR textbooks in 2019.
Awards & Honours
- “Best Project in India” (2015) from Microsoft Corporation for his project “QR Coded Text Books”
- “Best Project in India” (2016) from Microsoft Corporation for his project “Virtual Field Trips”
- “Innovative Researcher of the Year” (2016) by the Central Government of India
- National Innovation Foundation’s “Innovator of the Year” award in 2018
- Global Teacher Prize (2020)
Note: He has many more accolades to his name.
- His full name is Ranjitsinh Mahadev Disale.
- Initially, Ranjitsinh wanted to become an engineer, but it did not work for him. So, his father suggested him to start his career as a teacher.
- On 3 December 2020, he won ‘Global Teacher Prize’ and a winning amount of Rs 7 crores. The announcement was made by the Hollywood actor and writer, Stephen Fry through a virtual ceremony broadcast from the Natural History Museum in London. On winning the prize, the Maharashtra Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, wrote a congratulatory message for him,
I convey my heartiest greetings and felicitations to Shri Ranjitsinh Disale, teacher from ZP school in Paritewadi, Solapur district on being chosen for the coveted $ 1 million Global Teacher Prize 2020, which is awarded by the London-based Varkey Foundation. Shri Disale’s work of generating interest about education among children from rural areas, through innovative ideas and use of technology are commendable and worthy of emulating by others.”
On winning the prize, Disale said,
Teachers are the real change-makers who are changing the lives of their students with a mixture of chalk and challenges. They always believe in giving and sharing. And, therefore, I am very pleased to announce that I will share 50% of the prize money equally among my fellow top 10 finalists to support their incredible work. I believe, together, we can change this world because sharing is growing.”
- He has also received “MIE Expert,” “MIE Fellow,” and “Skype Master Teacher” titles from Microsoft Corporation.
- Disale has also represented India in Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) in Toranto, Canada.
- The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, has recognized his work as one of three stories from India in his book ‘Hit Refresh.’