Ranjitsinh Disale

Ranjitsinh Disale is an Indian teacher from Maharashtra. He is the winner of $1 million annual Global Teacher Prize 2020 which was announced on 3 December 2020. Disale said in his winning speech that he would share with his nine fellow finalists half of the prize money, meaning they would receive $ 55,000 each.

Early life and education

Disale hails from Paritewadi Village in the Solapur District of Maharashtra. At the beginning, he decided to be an IT engineer and had enrolled in an engineering college. But when things didn’t fit for him, his father convinced him to take up the teacher’s training programme. While Disale was initially reluctant about the decision, his time at the college of teacher training made him realize that the real change-makers in the world are the teachers.


Disale is well known for his innovative teaching works, including demonstrating scientific experiments from the science lab built by him and adding QR codes to primary category books so that his students can get links to audio poems, video lectures, assignments and stories. His idea of incorporating QR codes into textbooks was adopted by National Council of Educational Research and Training.

In his village, he also campaigned to eliminate adolescent marriages and encourage the education of girls.


Year Title Result Presented by
2016 Innovative Researcher of the Year Won Government of India
2018 Innovator of the Year award Won National Innovation Foundation
2020 Global Teacher Prize Won Varkey Foundation