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Padma Award Winners 2015

Padma Award Winners 2015

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The article Padma Awards Winners 2015 presents the list of Padma Award winners for the year 2015. On 2 January 1954, a press release was published from the office of the secretary to the President of India announcing the creation of two civilian awards — Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award, and the three-tier Padma Vibhushan, classified into "Pahela Warg" (Class I), "Dusra Warg" (Class II), and "Tisra Warg" (Class III), which rank below the Bharat Ratna. These were subsequently renamed as Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri vide Presidential Notification issued on January 8, 1955
All nominations received for Padma Awards are placed before the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year. The Padma Awards Committee is headed by the Cabinet Secretary and includes Home Secretary, Secretary to the President and four to six eminent persons as members. The recommendations of the committee are submitted to the Prime Minister and the President of India for approval.

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The Padma Awards which were instituted in the year 1954, are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day except for brief interruption(s) during the years 1978 and 1979 and 1993 to 1997.. The Padma Awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year. The nomination process is open to the public. Even self-nomination can be made.
The award is given in three categories, namely:
  • Padma Vibhushanfor exceptional and distinguished service.
  • Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of a high order.
  • Padma Shri  for distinguished service.

All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards. However, Government servants including those working with PSUs, except doctors and scientists, are not eligible for these Awards.

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The Padma Awards seek to recognize works of distinction and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements/service in all fields of activities/disciplines. An illustrative list of the fields is as shown below: [Source: Padma Awards - Ministry of Home Affairs ( Govt. of India) ]
Field Activities
Art Music, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Cinema, Theatre etc.
Social Work Social service, charitable service, contribution in community projects etc.
Public Affairs Law, Public Life, Politics etc.
Science & Engineering Space Engineering, Nuclear Science, Information Technology, Research & Development in Science & its allied subjects etc.
Trade & Industry Banking, Economic Activities, Management, Promotion of Tourism, Business etc.
Medicine Medical research, distinction/specialization in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Sidhha, Allopathy, Naturopathy etc.
Literature & Education Journalism, Teaching, Book composing, Literature, Poetry, Promotion of education, Promotion of literacy, Education Reforms etc.
Civil Service Distinction/excellence in administration etc. by Government Servants
Sports Popular Sports, Athletics, Adventure, Mountaineering, promotion of sports, Yoga etc.
Others Fields not covered above and may include propagation of Indian Culture, protection of Human Rights, Wild Life protection/conservation etc.

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The Padma Award seeks to recognize works of distinction and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements/service in all fields of activities/disciplines. Below mentioned are some of the key points regarding the awards.
  • The award is normally not conferred posthumously (after death). However, in highly deserving cases, the Government could consider giving an award posthumously.

  • A higher category of Padma award can be conferred on a person only where a period of at least five years has elapsed since conferment of the earlier Padma award. However, in highly deserving cases, a relaxation can be made by the Awards Committee.

  • The awards are presented by the President of India usually in the month of March/April every year where the awardees are presented a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medallion.

  • The recipients are also given a small replica of the medallion, which they can wear during any ceremonial/State functions etc., if the awardees so desire. The names of the awardees are published in the Gazette of India on the day of the presentation ceremony.

  • The total number of awards to be given in a year (excluding posthumous awards and to NRI/foreigners/OCIs) should not be more than 120.

  • The award does not amount to a title and cannot be used as a suffix or prefix to the awardees’ name

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    Name of the Awardee Discipline State/Domicile
     Shri L. K. Advani Public Affairs Gujarat
     Shri Amitabh Bachchan Art Maharashtra
     Shri Prakash Singh Badal Public Affairs Punjab
     Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade Social Work Karnataka
    Shri Mohammad Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar Art Maharashtra
     Shri Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya Others Uttar Pradesh
     Prof. Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan Science and Engineering Tamil Nadu
     Shri Kottayan K. Venugopal Public Affairs Delhi
      Shri Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (Foreigner) Trade and Industry France/UK
    Name of the Awardee Discipline State/Domicile
    Shri Jahnu Barua Art Assam
    Dr. Vijay Bhatkar Science and Engineering Maharashtra
    Shri Swapan Dasgupta Literature and Education Delhi
    Swami Satyamitranand Giri Others Uttar Pradesh
    Shri N. Gopalaswami Civil Service Tamil Nadu
    Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap Public Affairs Delhi
    Dr. (Pandit) Gokulotsavji Maharaj Art Madhya Pradesh
    Dr. Ambrish Mithal Medicine Delhi
    Smt. Sudha Ragunathan Art Tamil Nadu
    Shri Harish Salve Public Affairs Delhi
    Dr. Ashok Seth Medicine Delhi
    Shri Rajat Sharma Literature and Education Delhi
    Shri Satpal Sports Delhi
    Shri Shivakumara Swami Others Karnataka
    Dr. Kharag Singh Valdiya Science and Engineering Karnataka
    Prof. Manjul Bhargava(NRI/PIO) Science and Engineering USA
    Shri David Frawley (Vamadeva)(Foreigner) Others USA
    Shri Bill Gates (Foreigner) Social Work USA
    Ms. Melinda Gates(Foreigner) Social Work USA
    Name of the Awardee Discipline State/Domicile
    Dr. Manjula Anagani Medicine Telangana
     Arunan Science and Engineering Karnataka
    Ms. Kanyakumari Avasarala Art Tamil Nadu
    Dr. Bettina Sharada Baumer Literature and Education Jammu and Kashmir
    Shri Naresh Bedi Art Delhi
    Shri Ashok Bhagat Social Work Jharkhand
    Shri Sanjay Leela Bhansali Art Maharashtra
    Dr. Lakshmi Nandan Bora Literature and Education Assam
    Dr. Gyan Chaturvedi Literature and Education Madhya Pradesh
    Prof. (Dr.) Yogesh Kumar Chawla Medicine Chandigarh
    Smt. Jayakumari Chikkala Medicine Delhi
    Shri Bibek Debroy Literature and Education Delhi
    Dr. Sarungbam Bimola Kumari Devi Medicine Manipur
    Dr. Ashok Gulati Public Affairs Delhi
    Dr. Randeep Guleria Medicine Delhi
    Dr. K. P. Haridas Medicine Kerala
    Shri Rahul Jain Art Delhi
    Shri Ravindra Jain Art Maharashtra
    Dr. Sunil Jogi Literature and Education Delhi
    Shri Prasoon Joshi Art Maharashtra
    Dr. Prafulla Kar Art Odisha
    Ms. Saba Anjum Sports Chhattisgarh
    Smt. Ushakiran Khan Literature and Education Bihar
    Dr. Rajesh Kotecha Medicine Rajasthan
    Prof. Alka Kriplani Medicine Delhi
    Dr. Harsh Kumar Medicine Delhi
    Shri Narayana Purushothama Mallaya Literature and Education Kerala
    Shri Lambert Mascarenhas Literature and Education Goa
    Dr. (Mrs.) Janak Palta McGilligan Social Work Madhya Pradesh
    Shri Veerendra Raj Mehta Social Work Delhi
    Shri Tarak Mehta Art Gujarat
    Shri Neil Herbert Nongkynrih Art Meghalaya
    Shri Chewang Norphel Others Jammu and Kashmir
    Shri T.V.Mohandas Pai Trade and Industry Karnataka
    Dr.Tejas Patel Medicine Gujarat
    Shri Jadav Molai Peyang Others Assam
    Smt. Bimla Poddar Other Uttar Pradesh
    Dr.N.Prabhakar Science and Engineering Delhi
    Dr. Prahalada g Science and Engineerin Maharashtra
    Dr. Narendra Prasad Medicine Bihar
    Shri Ram Bahadur Rai Literature and Education Delhi
    Ms. Mithali Raj Sports Telangana
    Shri P. V. Rajaraman Civil Service Tamil Nadu
    Prof. J. S. Rajput Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh
    Shri Kota Srinivasa Rao Art Andhra Pradesh
    Prof. Bimal Roy Literature and Education West Bengal
    Shri Shekhar Sen Art Maharashtra
    Shri Gunvant Shah Literature and Education Gujarat
    Shri Brahmdev Sharma (Bhaiji) Literature and Education Delhi
    Shri Manu Sharma Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh
    Prof. Yog Raj Sharma Medicine Delhi
    Shri Vasant Shastri Science and Engineering Karnataka
    Shri S. K. Shivkumar Science and Engineering Karnataka
    Ms.P.V.Sindhu Sports Telangana
    Shri Sardara Singh Sports Haryana
    Ms. Arunima Sinha Sports Uttar Pradesh
    Shri Mahesh Raj Soni Art Rajasthan
    Dr.Nikhil Tandon Medicine Delhi
    Shri H. Thegtse Rinpoche Social Work Arunachal Pradesh
    Dr.Hargovind Laxmishanker Trivedi Medicine Gujarat
    Shri Huang Baosheng (Foreigner) Others China
    Prof. Jacques Blamont(Foreigner) Science and Engineering France
    Late Shri Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin(Posthumous) Others Maharashtra
    Shri Jean-Claude Carriere(Foreigner) Literature and Education France
    Dr. Nandrajan “Raj” Chetty(NRI/PIO) Trade and Industry USA
    Shri George L. Hart (Foreigner) Others USA
    Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja (NRI/PIO) Others Portugal
    Late Shri Meetha Lal Mehta (Posthumous) Social Work Rajasthan
    Ms. Tripti Mukherjee(NRI/PIO) Art USA
    Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori(NRI/PIO) Medicine USA
    Dr. Raghu Rama Pillarisetti(NRI/PIO) Medicine USA
    Dr. Saumitra Rawat(NRI/PIO) Medicine UK
    Prof. Annette Schmiedchen(Foreigner) Literature and Education Germany
    Late Shri Pran Kumar Sharma alias Pran (Posthumous) Art Delhi
    Late Shri R. Vasudevan (Posthumous) Civil Service Tamil Nadu

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    What is Bharat Ratna?
  • Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award in the country India. It is awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavor.

  • It is treated on a different footing from Padma Award. The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister to the President of India. No formal recommendations for Bharat Ratna are necessary.

  • The number of Bharat Ratna Awards is restricted to a maximum of three in a particular year. The government has conferred Bharat Ratna Award on 45 persons till date.

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