Padma Awards 2020, which is one of the highest civilian awards of the country, which are given to the individuals for their exemplary work in various disciplines such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, and so on have been announced by the Government of India.
The awards are conferred in three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. This year’s list features seven Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhushan and 118 Padma Shri Awards. A total of 33 awardees are women, 18 persons are from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 12 Posthumous awardees.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar Director Prof Sudhir Jain has been awarded the Padma Shri for distinguished service in the field of Science & Engineering.
Sudhir Jain is currently serving his third term as director of IITGN, which he joined as the founder-director in June 2009. He described this achievement as “a collective recognition of the entire community’s efforts, sacrifices, and hard work.”
Professor Jain has been part of several summits organised by Elets Technomedia. During his speech at the Elets eIndia Summit 2011 about the need of the hour to improve the education sector of India. He said, “People from around the world should be able to enter our campuses and indulge in exchange for new intellectual ideas.”
The late mathematician, Vashishtha Narayan Singh, on Saturday, was honored with the prestigious Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of India.
The Former MPs George Fernandes (Posthumous), Arun Jaitley (Posthumous), Sushma Swaraj (Posthumous), Former Prime Minister of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth GCSK, Olympic boxer Mary Kom, singer Chhannulal Mishra and Seer Vishwesha Teertha Swami of Pejavara Mutt in Karnataka (Posthumous) have been conferred with the Padma Vibhushan, which is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service.
Among the Padma Shri awardees are distinguished personalities – Sanjeev Bikhchandani, founder and executive vice-chairman of Info Edge, which owns Naukri.com, Jeevansathi.com, Shiksha.com and 99acres.com among others and Bharat Goenka, co-founder and managing director of Tally Solutions, a company that provides enterprise resource planning software. They won the Padma Shri Award in the field of Trade and Industry.
“Honoured and privileged to find my name in the Padma Shri list. While I have been given this award the truth is I owe it to the joint efforts and support of so many other people – colleagues, friends, and family. Proud to represent the start-up entrepreneur community in this list,” tweeted Sanjeev Bikhchandani after winning the award.