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Padma Awards: SII chairman Cyrus Poonawalla, Late CDS Gen Rawat, Ghulam Nabi Azad, others honoured

India's first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, who died in a chopper crash last December, late Radheshyam Khemka, former chairman of Gita Press that publishes Hindu religious books, and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad were among 54 prominent personalities who were conferred Padma awards by President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. While Rawat and Khemka were given Padma Vibhushan, the country's second-highest civilian award, posthumously, Azad, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekharan, former CAG Rajiv Mehrishi, founder of Serum Institute of India that made COVID-19 vaccine Covishield Cyrus Poonawalla were among the eight honoured with Padma Bhushan, the country's third-highest civilian award, at a civil investiture ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. See Photos.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk [ Updated: March 22, 2022 0:02 IST ]
  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. (Ms) Badaplin War for Literature and Education. She is a Professor in the Department of Khasi, NEHU. She is an expert on Khasi linguistics, literature, culture and translation.  
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. (Ms) Badaplin War for Literature and Education. She is a Professor in the Department of Khasi, NEHU. She is an expert on Khasi linguistics, literature, culture and translation.

     

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr. Jayantkumar Maganlal Vyas for Science and Engineering. He is a veteran forensic scientist and the founder VC of National Forensic Sciences University. With 48 years of experience, he is India's senior most serving forensic scientist.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr. Jayantkumar Maganlal Vyas for Science and Engineering. He is a veteran forensic scientist and the founder VC of National Forensic Sciences University. With 48 years of experience, he is India's senior most serving forensic scientist.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Smt. Durga Bai Vyam for Art. She is a Pardhan Gond artist hailing from Madhya Pradesh. She has worked hard to regenerate the tribal art form. Her paintings are mostly drawn from the folklores and stories of her tribe and their myths.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Smt. Durga Bai Vyam for Art. She is a Pardhan Gond artist hailing from Madhya Pradesh. She has worked hard to regenerate the tribal art form. Her paintings are mostly drawn from the folklores and stories of her tribe and their myths.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Kaajee Singh ‘Vidyaarthee’ for Art. Founder chairman of Samskriti Samrakshan Samsthaan in Kalimpong, which  promotes folk cultural music and has pioneered the growth of the instrument Shree Maadal.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Kaajee Singh ‘Vidyaarthee’ for Art. Founder chairman of Samskriti Samrakshan Samsthaan in Kalimpong, which  promotes folk cultural music and has pioneered the growth of the instrument Shree Maadal.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. Kamlakar Tripathi for Medicine. He is a retired Professor of Medicine from the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU. He is recognized for his academic excellence and serving people free-of-cost.  
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. Kamlakar Tripathi for Medicine. He is a retired Professor of Medicine from the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU. He is recognized for his academic excellence and serving people free-of-cost.

     

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. Raghuvendra Tanwar for Literature and Education. He is Professor Emeritus, Kurukshetra University and Chairman of ICHR, New Delhi. He is widely known for his study of the partition of India, mainly the Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. Raghuvendra Tanwar for Literature and Education. He is Professor Emeritus, Kurukshetra University and Chairman of ICHR, New Delhi. He is widely known for his study of the partition of India, mainly the Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Smt Ajita Srivastava for Art. She is a well-known folk singer of Uttar Pradesh from Mirzapur. She is widely recognized to preserve, conserve and propagate the popular folklore of 'Kajli'.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Smt Ajita Srivastava for Art. She is a well-known folk singer of Uttar Pradesh from Mirzapur. She is widely recognized to preserve, conserve and propagate the popular folklore of 'Kajli'.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Ajai Kumar Sonkar for Science and Engineering. He is an independent scientist in the field of marine aquaculture. He is a renowned scientist known for development of pearl making techniques through state-of-the-art tissue culture.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Ajai Kumar Sonkar for Science and Engineering. He is an independent scientist in the field of marine aquaculture. He is a renowned scientist known for development of pearl making techniques through state-of-the-art tissue culture.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Swami Sivananda for Yoga. Dedicating his life for human welfare, he has been serving leprosy-affected people at Puri for the past 50 years. Born in 1896, his healthy & long life has drawn attention of national & international organisations.  
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Swami Sivananda for Yoga. Dedicating his life for human welfare, he has been serving leprosy-affected people at Puri for the past 50 years. Born in 1896, his healthy & long life has drawn attention of national & international organisations.

     

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Bhimsen Singhal for Medicine. Director of Neurology at Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, he is one of the eminent neurologists in India who has contributed significantly to the growth of neurology over the last 60 years.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Bhimsen Singhal for Medicine. Director of Neurology at Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, he is one of the eminent neurologists in India who has contributed significantly to the growth of neurology over the last 60 years.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Sethpal Singh for Agriculture. A farmer from Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, he demonstrated diversification in the agriculture sector for sustainable income for smallholder farmers.  
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Sethpal Singh for Agriculture. A farmer from Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, he demonstrated diversification in the agriculture sector for sustainable income for smallholder farmers.

     

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Prem Singh for Social Work. He has been rendering social service from last 32 years for Community based rehabilitation of leprosy-affected persons and revival of their human rights and elimination of leprosy from the country.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Prem Singh for Social Work. He has been rendering social service from last 32 years for Community based rehabilitation of leprosy-affected persons and revival of their human rights and elimination of leprosy from the country.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Konsam Ibomcha Singh for Art. He is an expert in Doll and Toys making craft, a traditional craft of Manipur. A participant in various national exhibitions, he is recipient of Manipur State award for his contribution in handicraft.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Konsam Ibomcha Singh for Art. He is an expert in Doll and Toys making craft, a traditional craft of Manipur. A participant in various national exhibitions, he is recipient of Manipur State award for his contribution in handicraft.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Siddalingaiah (Posthumous) for Literature and Education. A famous Kannada poet, he is also a social activist, academic & legislator. He shot into fame with  his poems ‘Holemadigara Haadu’– a trend setter for the next generation in 1970s.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Siddalingaiah (Posthumous) for Literature and Education. A famous Kannada poet, he is also a social activist, academic & legislator. He shot into fame with  his poems ‘Holemadigara Haadu’– a trend setter for the next generation in 1970s.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. Vishwa Murti Shastri for Literature and Education. Hailing from Jammu & Kashmir, he has profound knowledge of Sanskrit literature. He is recognized for his relentless efforts and active participation in social work.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. Vishwa Murti Shastri for Literature and Education. Hailing from Jammu & Kashmir, he has profound knowledge of Sanskrit literature. He is recognized for his relentless efforts and active participation in social work.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Pandit Ram Dayal Sharma for Art. A living legend of Nautanki, Swang, Bhagat, Raasleela and Rasiya forms, he is the present guru of Samai-Khera gharana. He utilises his art to raise awareness about social issues.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Pandit Ram Dayal Sharma for Art. A living legend of Nautanki, Swang, Bhagat, Raasleela and Rasiya forms, he is the present guru of Samai-Khera gharana. He utilises his art to raise awareness about social issues.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Brahmanand Sagun Kamat Shankhwalkar for Sports. He is a former Indian footballer and Captain of Indian Football Team who represented the country and several clubs with distinctions as goalkeeper.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Brahmanand Sagun Kamat Shankhwalkar for Sports. He is a former Indian footballer and Captain of Indian Football Team who represented the country and several clubs with distinctions as goalkeeper.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. Dilip T. Shahani for Literature and Education. He is an Honorary Professor at IIT Delhi. He is Chairman of the Technical Expert Committee for ECI and serves as Technical expert at RBI.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof. Dilip T. Shahani for Literature and Education. He is an Honorary Professor at IIT Delhi. He is Chairman of the Technical Expert Committee for ECI and serves as Technical expert at RBI.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Kali Pada Saren for Literature and Education. He has played a pioneering role in removing illiteracy and prejudices from Santal Society. A writer, singer and dramatist, he is known as Kherwal Saren in Santal society.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Kali Pada Saren for Literature and Education. He has played a pioneering role in removing illiteracy and prejudices from Santal Society. A writer, singer and dramatist, he is known as Kherwal Saren in Santal society.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Vidyanand Saraik for Literature and Education. He is associated with folk literature and music in Himachal Pradesh. He has been a member of the State Bhasha Kala and Sanskriti Akademi for many decades.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Vidyanand Saraik for Literature and Education. He is associated with folk literature and music in Himachal Pradesh. He has been a member of the State Bhasha Kala and Sanskriti Akademi for many decades.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Gosaveedu Shaik Hassan Sahieb (Posthumous) for Art. He was the first Asthana Nadswara Vidhwan of Sree Seeta Ramchandra Swamy Devasthanam, Bhadrachalam. He performed Nadswaram in many temples in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Gosaveedu Shaik Hassan Sahieb (Posthumous) for Art. He was the first Asthana Nadswara Vidhwan of Sree Seeta Ramchandra Swamy Devasthanam, Bhadrachalam. He performed Nadswaram in many temples in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Garikipati V.B. Narasimha Rao for Literature and Education. A renowned spiritual and motivational orator, litterateur, poet and Maha sahasravadham, he has delivered over 11,000 lectures across the globe.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Garikipati V.B. Narasimha Rao for Literature and Education. A renowned spiritual and motivational orator, litterateur, poet and Maha sahasravadham, he has delivered over 11,000 lectures across the globe.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Sunkara Venkata Adinarayana Rao for Medicine. An Orthopedic Surgeon, he is Managing Trustee of Free Polio Surgical and Research Foundation, Visakhapatnam and works for the poor and needy.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Sunkara Venkata Adinarayana Rao for Medicine. An Orthopedic Surgeon, he is Managing Trustee of Free Polio Surgical and Research Foundation, Visakhapatnam and works for the poor and needy.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Sheesh Ram for Art. A well-known artist, his paintings on national integration, women empowerment, Indian warfare, history of Indian art have been exhibited in India and abroad.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Sheesh Ram for Art. A well-known artist, his paintings on national integration, women empowerment, Indian warfare, history of Indian art have been exhibited in India and abroad.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Anil Kumar Rajvanshi for Science and Engineering. He is the Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, Maharashtra. In last three decades, his work has spanned a whole spectrum of areas affecting the lives of rural population.  
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Anil Kumar Rajvanshi for Science and Engineering. He is the Director of Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, Maharashtra. In last three decades, his work has spanned a whole spectrum of areas affecting the lives of rural population.

     

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Ram Sahay Pandey for Art. A folk artist from the Bundelkhand region, he has represented India in many countries. He is the founder of Bundeli Lok Nritya Natya Kala Parishad.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Ram Sahay Pandey for Art. A folk artist from the Bundelkhand region, he has represented India in many countries. He is the founder of Bundeli Lok Nritya Natya Kala Parishad.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri A.K.C. Natarajan for Art. A senior carnatic music exponent, he has performed widely in India and abroad. A great performer and innovator, he is hailed as a living legend.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri A.K.C. Natarajan for Art. A senior carnatic music exponent, he has performed widely in India and abroad. A great performer and innovator, he is hailed as a living legend.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to  Smt R Muthukkannammal for Art. She is the only living Sadir dance exponent in India and serves as a repository of knowledge about the history of Bharathanatyam. She has given over 1000 performances in the last 75 years.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to  Smt R Muthukkannammal for Art. She is the only living Sadir dance exponent in India and serves as a repository of knowledge about the history of Bharathanatyam. She has given over 1000 performances in the last 75 years.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra (posthumous) for Civil Service. A career civil servant, he succumbed to covid related complications while working through his illness to coordinate oxygen supplies in the country during the second Covid wave.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra (posthumous) for Civil Service. A career civil servant, he succumbed to covid related complications while working through his illness to coordinate oxygen supplies in the country during the second Covid wave.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Darshanam Mogulaiah for Art. He is an artist who sings folk and heroic songs by playing Kinnera, a 500-year-old instrument made of bamboo.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Darshanam Mogulaiah for Art. He is an artist who sings folk and heroic songs by playing Kinnera, a 500-year-old instrument made of bamboo.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Ms Avani Lekhara for Sports. She is the first Indian woman to win two medals in the same Paralympics and the first Indian woman to win Paralympics gold.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Ms Avani Lekhara for Sports. She is the first Indian woman to win two medals in the same Paralympics and the first Indian woman to win Paralympics gold.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Ms Vandana Kataria for Sports. An Indian Hockey player, she was the Indian top scorer in the women's hockey junior world cup 2013.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Ms Vandana Kataria for Sports. An Indian Hockey player, she was the Indian top scorer in the women's hockey junior world cup 2013.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Ms Tara Jauhar for Literature and Education. Fondly known as Tara Didi, she is a remarkable writer and educationalist who has dedicated her life to propagating the teaching of Shri Aurobindo.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Ms Tara Jauhar for Literature and Education. Fondly known as Tara Didi, she is a remarkable writer and educationalist who has dedicated her life to propagating the teaching of Shri Aurobindo.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof Sosamma Iype for Animal Husbandry. She is a Director of Projects of the Vechur Conservation Trust, an NGO that works towards the conservation of the indigenous cattle breeds of Kerala - the Vechur and Kasaragod cows.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof Sosamma Iype for Animal Husbandry. She is a Director of Projects of the Vechur Conservation Trust, an NGO that works towards the conservation of the indigenous cattle breeds of Kerala - the Vechur and Kasaragod cows.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Narasingha Prasad Guru for Literature and Education. A renowned litterateur of Koshali language in Odisha, he compiled a dictionary called 'Koshali-Odia Abhidhan' consisting of 17,000 Koshali words.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Narasingha Prasad Guru for Literature and Education. A renowned litterateur of Koshali language in Odisha, he compiled a dictionary called 'Koshali-Odia Abhidhan' consisting of 17,000 Koshali words.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Om Prakash
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Om Prakash "Gandhi" for Social Work. Founder of Gurjar Kanya Gurukul Institute, he contributed tremendously in the field of girls' education in village Devdhar, Haryana.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to  Shri Chandraprakash Dwivedi for Art. He is a filmmaker who has been recognised for his work in television and films based on ancient and modern literature and history.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to  Shri Chandraprakash Dwivedi for Art. He is a filmmaker who has been recognised for his work in television and films based on ancient and modern literature and history.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre for Medicine. He is recognised for the implementation of Survey, Education and Treatment program of anti-leprosy work across India along with rehabilitation of leprosy patients.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre for Medicine. He is recognised for the implementation of Survey, Education and Treatment program of anti-leprosy work across India along with rehabilitation of leprosy patients.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Khalil Dhantejvi (posthumous) for Arts. He championed the ascent of Gujarati language in the Ghazal literature. His recitals in Gujarati and Urdu have been pivotal in bringing newer audience to the Ghazal universe.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Khalil Dhantejvi (posthumous) for Arts. He championed the ascent of Gujarati language in the Ghazal literature. His recitals in Gujarati and Urdu have been pivotal in bringing newer audience to the Ghazal universe.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to  Dr Shyamamani Devi for Art. She made major contributions to the systematic development of Odishi music and the codification of its grammar. She has enthralled audiences with her over 4,000 songs in a career spanning more than 7 decades.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to  Dr Shyamamani Devi for Art. She made major contributions to the systematic development of Odishi music and the codification of its grammar. She has enthralled audiences with her over 4,000 songs in a career spanning more than 7 decades.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Maljibhai Devjibhai Desai for Public Affairs. He is the chairman of Gandhi Ashram Zilia, a charitable trust under whose leadership 11 educational institutions work for the upliftment of socially downtrodden families in Gujarat.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Shri Maljibhai Devjibhai Desai for Public Affairs. He is the chairman of Gandhi Ashram Zilia, a charitable trust under whose leadership 11 educational institutions work for the upliftment of socially downtrodden families in Gujarat.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Acharya Shri Chandanaji for Social Work. A founder of Veerayatan, she has established educational centres in Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Nepal and many other places. She is the first-ever Jain Sadhvi to be bestowed the title of Acharya.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Acharya Shri Chandanaji for Social Work. A founder of Veerayatan, she has established educational centres in Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Nepal and many other places. She is the first-ever Jain Sadhvi to be bestowed the title of Acharya.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Himmatrao Saluba Bawaskar for Medicine. A physician-scientist and founder of the Bawaskar Hospital and Research Centre in Mahad, he has done pioneering research on the management of scorpion sting and snake bite envenomation.  
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Dr Himmatrao Saluba Bawaskar for Medicine. A physician-scientist and founder of the Bawaskar Hospital and Research Centre in Mahad, he has done pioneering research on the management of scorpion sting and snake bite envenomation.

     

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Srimad Baba Balia for Social Work. Founder of Sishu Ananta Ashram and Ananta Balia Trust, Odisha, his philanthropic works include working on women empowerment, environment protection and blood donation.  
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Srimad Baba Balia for Social Work. Founder of Sishu Ananta Ashram and Ananta Balia Trust, Odisha, his philanthropic works include working on women empowerment, environment protection and blood donation.

     

  • President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof Najma Akhtar for Literature & Education. A leading educational administrator and institution builder, she is the first woman vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia in over a hundred years of its existence.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Shri to Prof Najma Akhtar for Literature & Education. A leading educational administrator and institution builder, she is the first woman vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia in over a hundred years of its existence.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Dr Cyrus Soli Poonawalla for Trade and Industry. Dr Poonawalla is the Chairman of Poonawalla Group which includes the privately-owned Serum Institute of India, India's top biotech company and the world's largest vaccine manufacturer.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Dr Cyrus Soli Poonawalla for Trade and Industry. Dr Poonawalla is the Chairman of Poonawalla Group which includes the privately-owned Serum Institute of India, India's top biotech company and the world's largest vaccine manufacturer.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Shri Rashid Khan for Art. An Indian classical musician belonging to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, he has developed expertise in the use of sargams and sargam taankari.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Shri Rashid Khan for Art. An Indian classical musician belonging to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, he has developed expertise in the use of sargams and sargam taankari.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Shri N Chandrasekaran for Trade and Industry. One of country's foremost industry leaders, he is the Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons Private Limited, the holding company and promoter of all Tata Group companies.  
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    President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Shri N Chandrasekaran for Trade and Industry. One of country's foremost industry leaders, he is the Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons Private Limited, the holding company and promoter of all Tata Group companies.

     

  • President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad for Public Affairs. A veteran political leader and social worker, Shri Azad has held many important positions in his illustrious public life.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad for Public Affairs. A veteran political leader and social worker, Shri Azad has held many important positions in his illustrious public life.

  • President Kovind presents Padma Vibhushan to  General Bipin Rawat (Posthumous) for Civil Service. As the first Chief of Defence Staff and Secretary, Department of Military Affairs, he was pivotal in ushering transformative reforms in Indian Armed Forces.
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    President Kovind presents Padma Vibhushan to  General Bipin Rawat (Posthumous) for Civil Service. As the first Chief of Defence Staff and Secretary, Department of Military Affairs, he was pivotal in ushering transformative reforms in Indian Armed Forces.