President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the national awards to 26 shortlisted children Tuesday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Women and Child Development Ministry said.

This year’s award function was mired in controversy after the government dissociated itself from the NGO Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) that has been organising the award since 1957 over financial embezzlement.

The ICCW had shortlisted 21 children for this year’s national awards whose names have been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office, but no response has been received, ICCW president Gita Siddhartha said.

The different categories of award this time is innovation (six awards), scholaristic (three awards), social service (three awards), art and culture (five awards), sports (six awards) an bravery (three awards).

A total of 783 applications were received for the Baal Shakti Puruskar this year. Two individuals and three institutions will also be awarded under the National Child Welfare Awards category, now renamed as Bal Kalyan Puraskar.

The names of awardees were finalised by the National Selection Committee under the chairpersonship of WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi, the ministry said in a statement.

“These awards will be given in two main categories. The Bravery Awards have also been added to these awards now. The categories are as Bal Shakti Puraskar (erstwhile known as National Child Award), Bal Kalyan Puraskar (erstwhile known as National Child Welfare Award), Bal Shakti Puraskar,” the statement said.

The award carries a medal, a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000, book vouchers worth Rs. 10,000, a certificate and a citation.

The award for individual consists of a cash prize of Rs. one lakh, medal, citation and a certificate to each awardee.

The award for institution consists Rs. five lakh prize, medal, citation and a certificate.

The maximum number of awards would be three for the National Child Welfare Award (individual and institution both).

All list is here :

  1. Kumari Eiha Dixit

She is a young environmentalist who has planted record 1008 saplings on her last birthday. She promotes plantation on occasions like birthday and weddings to save the World from Global warming and pollution.

2. Kumari Angel Vijay Deokule

She is a young player of SQAY martial arts. She has represented India in various International championships and brought laurels. Selected for upcoming SQAY World Championship from team India in Malaysia.

3. Master Raam M

He is a 12 year old versatile music maestro honing his skills in Carnatic Vocal, Mridangam and Western keyboard. He is the youngest Indian to have succeeded with distinction in final (8th) grade examination by Trinity College, London. He has given more than 25 Carnatic Music Concerts.

4. Master Mohammed Suhail Chinya Salimpasha

He has pioneered a breakthrough technology for diagnosing Pre-symptomatic Protein Energy Malnutrition non-invasively by using paper.

5. Kumari Arunima Sen

She has developed a model for energy efficient skyscraper, solution to increase barley yield and a device that determines micronutrient levels in a body using strands of hair.

6. Master Aswath Suryanarayanan

He has several unique research projects to his credit such as ‘Magnetically operated Kinetic Car (MAGOKIN)’, and Mathematical model for managing space debris.

7. Master Naisargik Lenka

He has provided innovative solution for Remediation of contaminated soil and water using an optimized strain (Anabaena cylindrica) immobilised in polymer matrix, a novel method of treating municipal waste water namely “Waste to wealth” and a smart toilet model namely “Swachh APT”.

8. Master A U Nachiketh Kumar

He has prepared standard rubber sheet from a fruit named Bilimbi (Averrhoa bilimbi) as a sustainable and environment friendly substitute for rubber latex created from formic acid by farmers.

9. Master Madhav Lavakare

He coined an extremely affordable wearable assistive device for the hearing impaired named as “Transcribe”. It is a smart glass that works as a live-time captioning system (in 132 languages) which converts speech to text and project it on a heads-up display. It aims to bridge the communication gap between hearing impaired persons and those with hearing ability but not knowing sign language.

10. Master Aryamaan Lakhotia

He founded ‘Toy Joy’ with the mission of collecting and distributing toys to the underprivileged children in Kolkata. The organisation has spread to seven cities. ‘Toy-Joy’ has spread joy to more than 10,000 children.

11. Kumari Prathyaksha B R

She has been spreading awareness about importance of toilet in a home through theatre and street play. She has conducted 119 shows of one act play “paikanne” in remote Karnataka villages and inspired and motivated many villagers to construct toilets in their home. She has donated her earnings and savings to PM Fund.

12. Master Ayushman Tripathy

He has deep interests in mathematics and Science. He has won numerous accolades for his scholastic abilities at National and International level including International Junior Science Olympiad, 2016 held at Bali, Indonesia. He has represented India in Global Youth Leaders Conference 2018 in USA.

13. Kumari Megha Bose

She has numerous feats to her credit including place in top 1% in National standard examination in Astronomy, selection in National Informatics Olympiad, holds International rank 3 in 9th SOF International Mathematics Olympiad, outstanding performance in United International English Olympiad and 100 percent score in Australian National Chemistry Quiz.

14. Master Nishant Dhankhar

He is a gifted mathematics genius having won many international and national mathematics competitions. His project an ‘Szemerdi’s theorem’ has been internationally acknowledged and appreciated.

15. Master Dev Dushyantkumar Joshi

His acting talent has earned him multiple awards and recognition nationally and Internationally. He has been acknowledged for his role of a kid super hero “Baal Veer” in a TV serial.

16. Master Vinayaka M

He is a versatile artist and has given several stupendous performances in Hindustani vocal, tabla, harmonium, synthesizer & western keyboard. His musical talent has been recognized nationally and Internationally.

17. Master Aryaman Agarwal

He is a young Magician, who presents magic tricks under conjuring, semi-illusion, stage magic & table magic categories. He has done shows not only for large audience but has also done workshops and demonstrations for under prievledged.

18. Master Truptraj Atul Pandya

He is an master percussionist acknowledged as youngest Tabla performer by Guinness Book of World records. He is an established radio and TV artist, who has given more than 200 live performances.

19. Kumari Shivangi

A mountaineering enthusiast, She is the youngest girl from India to climb Mount Everest from Nepal side. She has also conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, highest mountain in Africa and Mount Elbrus, highest mountain in Europe.

20. Master Esow

He has been awarded as Junior World No. 1 at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championship in Aigle, Switzerland. A resident of Car Nicobar, he has created new meet record in National track cycle championship, 2016.

21. Master Priyam Tated

He is a spectacular performer in the field of Roller/Figure Skating. He has earned several awards at International and National level.

22. Master Anish

He is a young Indian Shooter. He has won Gold Medal in XXI Commonwealth games, Gold Coast in 2018 with new finals games record and silver medal in senior Commonwealth Shooting Championship 2017.

23. Master Kartik Kumar Goyal

The children showed exemplary courage and humanity during riots, stone pelting and curfew during bharat band in Morena, MP, on 2nd April 2018. The children provided food, water, medicine and first aid to the panicked passengers of the train no 18238 (UP Chattisgarh express) which was taken in possession by rioters.

24. Kumari Adrika Goyal

The children showed exemplary courage and humanity during riots, stone pelting and curfew during bharat band in Morena, MP, on 2nd April 2018. The children provided food, water, medicine and first aid to the panicked passengers of the train no 18238 (UP Chattisgarh express) which was taken in possession by rioters.

25. Master Nikhil Jituri

He saved the life of a two year old child who accidentally fell in a 150 feet deep open well, with around 15 feet of water. He jumped into the well without any hesitation and picked up the baby which was lying upside down, pumped the water out of baby’s stomach and sent the baby up in a bucket, before coming out himself.

26. Sh. Tashi Namgyal

He has been supporting the education of young children from poor economic background in Spiti valley and makes provisions for mainstreaming them. As founder of the Rinchen Zangpo Society he runs five educational and residential schools in and outside Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh, where more than 1000 children have benefitted.

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