Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow– Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
On the auspicious occasion of Children’s Day, the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the National Child Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan in presence of Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development and other dignitaries. The President gave away 42 awards to children as well as child welfare institutions for their exceptional achievements. The awards were given in three categories, namely: National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievements, National Awards for Child Welfare and Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award.
The National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievement is given to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievement in various fields such as academics, culture, arts, sports, music, etc. National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievement, 2016 comprises one gold medal and 30 silver medals. This category of awards is for children in the age group of 5-18 years. The Gold medalist is awarded a cheque of Rs 20,000 while Silver medalists are given cheque of Rs 10,000 each.
National Awards for Child Welfare is presented to institutions and individuals for their outstanding performance in the field of child development and welfare. National Awards for Child Welfare 2016 has been presented to five institutions and three individuals. It comprises cash a prize of Rs 3,00,000 to each institution and Rs 1,00,000 to each individual.
Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Awards is given to individuals for their outstanding contribution towards service for children. The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award 2016 has been conferred on three individuals. It includes a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000 each along with a certificate and a silver plaque.
This year’s recipients include a Paralympics swimmer, a chess player, an equestrian as well as students with keen interest in music and those with several technological innovations to their name.
Odisha boy Shubhendu Kumar Sahu, 14-year-old, has been honored with the National Child Award for ‘Exceptional Achievement’. This class 7 student of Somapur Project Upper Primary School in Ganjam district’s Hinjili has been taking part in several extra-curricular activities and had received a number of awards at both state and national-level competitions. Recently, for his science projects, ‘Gift for Farmers’, he made it to the zonal-level science exhibition held in Kolkata. Developed by Sahu, ‘Gift for Farmers’ is an innovative device which helps in sowing, tilling of soil, sprinkling of pesticides, cutting and processing of the paddy crops. Not only this, he ranked first at the state-level creative writing competition organized in Bhubaneswar last year.
Moreover, the doodle featured on the Google India home page on the occasion of Children’s Day 2016 was made by 11-year-old Pune girl Anvita Prashant Telang, who was announced as the national winner of the “Doodle 4 Google” contest last week. The sixth standard student from Vibgyor High School in Balewadi area was chosen for her Doodle submission on the theme titled “If I could teach anyone anything, it would be”.