Padma Awards 2015

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This year the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards 2015 to 104 persons. Let’s have brief introduction of various Padma awards in India.
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Padma Vibhushan

The Padma Vibhushan is the second highest civilian award in the Republic of India. It consists of a medal and a citation and is awarded by the President of India. It was established on 2 January 1954. It ranks behind the Bharat Ratna and comes before the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. It is awarded to recognize exceptional and distinguished service to the nation in any field, including government service.

The Padma Vibhushan was originally established as the Pahela Varg (First Class) of a three-class “Padma Vibhushan” awards. The oldest living recipient as of 2015 is Bhairab Dutt Pande (age 97); the youngest living recipient is Sachin Tendulkar (age 41).

This year the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards 2015 to 104 persons. The list comprises of 9 Padma Vibhushan, 20 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. 17 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 17 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and 4 posthumous awardees

In 2015, 9 Padma Vibhusan award were given and the list of recipients is as follows:

  1. LK Advani (Public Affairs), Gujarat
  2. Amitabh Bachchan (Art), Maharashtra
  3. Prakash Singh Badal (Public Affairs), Punjab
  4. Dr D Veerendra Heggade (Social Work), Karnataka
  5. Dilip Kumar (Art), Maharashtra
  6. Jagadguru Rambhadracharya (Others), Uttar Pradesh
  7. Prof Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan (Science and Engg), Tamil Nadu
  8. Kottayan K Venugopal (Public Affairs), Delhi
  9. Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (Trade and Industry) France/UK

Padma Bhushan

The Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, but comes before the Padma Shri. It is announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. The award was established on 2 January 1954 by the president of India. It is awarded to recognize distinguished service of a high order to the nation, in any field.

In 2015, 20 Padma Bhusan award were given and the list of recipients is as follows:

  1. Jahnu Barua (Art), Assam
  2. Dr Vijay Bhatkar (Science and Engineering), Maharashtra
  3. Swapan Dasgupta (Literature and Education), Delhi
  4. Swami Satyamitranand Giri (Others), Uttar Pradesh
  5. N Gopalaswami (Civil Service), Tamil Nadu
  6. Dr Subhash C Kashyap (Public Affairs), Delhi
  7. Dr (Pandit) Gokulotsavji Maharaj (Art), Madhya Pradesh
  8. Dr Ambrish Mithal (Medicine), Delhi
  9. Sudha Ragunathan (Art), Tamil Nadu
  10. Harish Salve (Public Affairs), Delhi
  11. Dr Ashok Seth (Medicine), Delhi
  12. Rajat Sharma (Literature and Education), Delhi
  13. Satpal (Sports), Delhi
  14. Shivakumara Swami (Others), Karnataka
  15. Dr Kharag Singh Valdiya (Science and Engg), Karnataka
  16. Prof Manjul Bhargava (Science and Engg), USA
  17. David Frawley (Others), USA
  18. Bill Gates (Social Work), USA
  19. Melinda Gates (Social Work), USA
  20. Saichiro Misumi (Foreigner)- Others- Japan

Padam Shri

Padma Shri (also Padmashree) is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. Awarded by the Government of India, it is announced every year on India’s Republic Day. Padma Awards were instituted in 1954 to be awarded to citizens of India in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Medicine, Social Service and Public Affairs. It has also been awarded to some distinguished individuals who were not citizens of India but did contribute in various ways to India.

In 2015, 75 Padma Shri award were given and the list of recipients is as follows:

  1. Dr Manjula Anagani- Medicine- Telangana
  2. S Arunan- Science and Engineering- Karnataka
  3. Kanyakumari Avasarala- Art- Tamil Nadu
  4. Dr Bettina Sharada Baumer- Literature and Education- Jammu and Kashmir
  5. Naresh Bedi- Art- Delhi
  6. Ashok Bhagat- Social Work- Jharkhand
  7. Sanjay Leela Bhansali- Art- Maharashtra
  8. Dr Lakshmi Nandan Bora- Literature and Education- Assam
  9. Dr Gyan Chaturvedi- Literature and Education- Madhya Pradesh
  10. Prof (Dr) Yogesh Kumar Chawla- Medicine- Chandigarh
  11. Jayakumari Chikkala- Medicine- Delhi
  12. Bibek Debroy- Literature and Education- Delhi
  13. Dr Sarungbam Bimola Kumari Devi- Medicine- Manipur
  14. Dr Ashok Gulati- Public Affairs- Delhi
  15. Dr Randeep Guleria- Medicine- Delhi
  16. Dr KP Haridas- Medicine- Kerala
  17. Rahul Jain- Art- Delhi
  18. Ravindra Jain- Art- Maharashtra
  19. Dr Sunil Jogi- Literature and Education- Delhi
  20.  Prasoon Joshi- Art- Maharashtra
  21.  Dr Prafulla Kar- Art- Odisha
  22.  Saba Anjum- Sports- Chhattisgarh
  23.  Ushakiran Khan- Literature and Education- Bihar
  24.  Dr Rajesh Kotecha- Medicine- Rajasthan
  25.  Prof Alka Kriplani- Medicine Delhi
  26.  Dr Harsh Kumar- Medicine- Delhi
  27.  Narayana Purushothama Mallaya- Literature & Education- Kerala
  28.  Lambert Mascarenhas- Literature and Education- Goa
  29.  Dr Janak Palta McGilligan- Social Work- Madhya Pradesh
  30.  Veerendra Raj Mehta- Social Work- Delhi
  31.  Tarak Mehta- Art- Gujarat
  32.  Neil Herbert Nongkynrih (Art), Meghalaya
  33.  Chewang Norphel- Others- Jammu and Kashmir
  34.  TV Mohandas Pai- Trade and Industry- Karnataka
  35.  Dr Tejas Patel- Medicine- Gujarat
  36.  Jadav Molai Peyang- Others- Assam
  37.  Bimla Poddar- Others- Uttar Pradesh
  38.  Dr N Prabhakar- Science and Engg- Delhi
  39.  Dr Prahalada- Science and Engg- Maharashtra
  40.  Dr Narendra Prasad- Medicine- Bihar
  41.  Ram Bahadur Rai- Literature and Education- Delhi
  42.  Mithali Raj- Sports- Telangana
  43.  PV Rajaraman- Civil Service- Tamil Nadu
  44.  Prof JS Rajput- Literature and Education- Uttar Pradesh
  45.  Kota Srinivasa Rao- Art- Andhra Pradesh
  46.  Prof Bimal Roy- Literature and Education- West Bengal
  47.  Shekhar Sen- Art- Maharashtra
  48.  Gunvant Shah- Literature and Education- Gujarat
  49.  Brahmdev Sharma- Literature and Education- Delhi
  50.  Manu Sharma- Literature and Education- Uttar Pradesh
  51.  Prof Yog Raj Sharma- Medicine- Delhi
  52.  Vasant Shastri- Science and Engg- Karnataka
  53.  SK Shivkumar- Science and Engg- Karnataka
  54.  PV Sindhu- Sports- Telangana
  55.  Sardara Singh- Sports- Haryana
  56.  Arunima Sinha-Sports- Uttar Pradesh
  57.  Mahesh Raj Soni- Art- Rajasthan
  58.  Dr Nikhil Tandon- Medicine- Delhi
  59.  H Thegtse Rinpoche- Social Work- Arunachal Pradesh
  60.  Dr Hargovind Laxmishanker Trivedi- Medicine- Gujarat
  61.  Huang Baosheng- Others- China
  62.  Prof Jacques Blamont- Science and Engg- France
  63.  Late Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin- Others- Maharashtra (Posthumous)
  64.  Jean-Claude Carriere- Literature and Education – France
  65.  Dr Nandrajan ‘Raj’ Chetty- Literature and Education- France
  66.  George L Hart- Others- USA
  67.  Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja- Others- Portugal
  68.  Late Meetha Lal Mehta- Social Work- Rajasthan (Posthumous)
  69.  Tripti Mukherjee- Art- USA
  70.  Dr Dattatreyudu Nori- Medicine- USA
  71.  Dr Raghu Rama Pillarisetti (Medicine), USA
  72.  Dr Saumitra Rawat- Medicine- UK
  73.  Prof Annette Schmiedchen (Literature and Education), Germany
  74.  Late Pran Kumar Sharma alias Pran- Art- Delhi (Posthumous)
  75.  Late R Vasudevan- Civil Service- Tamil Nadu (Posthumous)

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