28 Awards
Arjuna Award
Established in : 1961
Department of Sports

The objective of the Award is to recognize outstanding achievements of sportspersons in the field of sports at International level and National level..

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Dhyanchand Award
Established in : 2002
Department of Sports

  1. To honour those sportspersons who have contributed to sports by their performance and continue to contribute to promotion of sports even after their retirement from active sporting career.
  2. To motivate persons who have contributed their lifetime to sports and sports promotion.
  3. To encourage broad-basing of and development of excellence in sports in the country.

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Digital India Awards
Established in : 2009
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

The Government of India has adopted a Digital India vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society & knowledge economy. To realise this vision, it is imperative that the focus be sharpened on the use of innovative digital initiatives to not only enable governance & services on demand, but also to empower citizens. 
Indian government entities at all levels - Centre, State & local bodies - continue undertaking various initiatives to fulfil the Digital India vision. Due recognition should be accorded to such digital initiatives along with the teams that help build & implement them. 
Digital India Awards (DIA) presents an opportunity to bring to the fore such digital initiatives. These awards are instituted under the aegis of National Portal of India to encourage and honour innovative digital solutions by government entities at all levels. DIA 2022 aims to inspire and motivate not only government entities but also startups in fulfilling the Digital India vision.
For accessing details of past editions of Digital India Awards, including the list of Winners, Compendia, & Picture Gallery along with detailed FAQs for DIA 2022, visit the Digital India Awards website at
For any query related to Awards, please contact:
Email: digitalindiaawards[at]gov[dot]in
Phone: +91-11-24305374

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Dronacharya Award
Established in : 1985
Department of Sports

The Award is intended to:

1. Honour coaches who have done outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enabled sportspersons to excel in international events

2. Motivate coaches to dedicate themselves with a singularity of purpose of raising the standard of sportspersons to highest performance in international events and thus bring glory to the country.

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Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards
Established in : 1961
Ministry of Home Affairs

As the name of the award suggests, the award is given to a person for saving someone’s life. The award is given for meritorious act of humane nature in saving the life of a person in cases like drowning in water, accidents, fire incidents, electrocution, natural calamities, rescue operation in mines etc

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Kaushalacharya Award
Established in : 2019
Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) instituted the Kaushalacharya Award in 2019 (This Award carries a Certificate) as an annual affair, to felicitate trainers from different sectors for exceptional contribution towards creating a future-ready and skilled work-force in a bid to motivate and incentivize more trainers to join the Skill India Mission   and  also to recognize the contribution made by skill trainers in the vocational training ecosystem and entrepreneurial initiatives to motivate young entrepreneurs  for taking up self employment as means of livelihood.   The 4th edition of the Award will be held in 2022. The Award ceremony have normally be presided over by the Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship(SDE) and Minister of State, SDE.

It is estimated India will need about 2.5 lakh trainers across the skilling ecosystem.  Under MSDE aegis, the National Skill Development Corporation(NSDC) and Directorate General of Training(DGT) are working together to create better quality trainers and assessors.  

Under the Kaushalacharya Award there are five categories as  under:

1. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana(PMKVY)

2. Jan Shikshan Sansthan(JSS)

3. Apprenticeship

4. Entrepreneurship

5. DGT

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Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award
Established in : 1991
Department of Sports

The objective of the award is to recognize the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years immediately preceding the year during which the award is to be given. During the years when Olympic Games, Commonwealth and Asian Games are held, achievements of the sportspersons upto conclusion of these Games will also be considered.

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Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy
Established in : 1956
Department of Sports

The award is given to the overall top-performing University of the proceeding year. The objective of the award is given below:

1. To promote competitive sports and games among Colleges and Universities;

2. To recognize and honor those Universities which have shown the best performance in sports and games;

3. To motivate Universities for broad-biasing and promotion of excellence in sports;

4. To integrate sports and physical fitness in colleges and Universities;

5. To encourage dope-free sports culture amongst youth and students.

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Nari Shakti Puraskar
Established in : 1999
Ministry of Women and Child Development

1. In the past few years, there have been concerted efforts by the Government to recognize and encourage women to participate in all spheres and issues related to women have gained utmost importance and focused attention. "Nari Shakti Puraskars" shall showcase the Government's commitment towards women with the aim of strengthening their position in the society.

2. Nari Shakti Puraskar will also provide an opportunity to Young Indians to understand the contribution of women in building of society and the nation.

3. The awards will inspire the citizens to follow the league of awardees.

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National Award for Excellence in Forestry
Established in : 2021
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

a) To promote and motivate the professional competence in the scientific community, including forestry professionals, technical persons and research scholars in the field of forestry.

b) To encorage individuals, farmers, Village Forest Committees, Self-Help Groups, institutions, organizations, NGOs and forest based industries who have contributed in the field of forestry.

c) To recognise practical and applied forestry research-oriented performance which has led to public welfare.

d) To fecilitate person(s) who has made significant contribution towards the cause of forestry.

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National Award for Individual Excellence
Established in : 1969
Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)

To recognize and encourage people which are working for the empowerment of persons with disabilities and persons who are suffering from any disability under Right of Persons with Disabilities Act (2016)


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National Award for Senior Citizens- Vayoshreshtha Samman
Established in : 2013
Department of Social Justice and Empowerment

Vayoshreshtha Samman are conferred on eminent senior citizens and Institutions involved in rendering distinguished services for the cause of elderly persons, especially indigent senior citizens. The Awards are given across 13 categories – 07 categories of Institutional type and 06 categories of individual type.


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National Awards for e-Governance
Established in : 1900
Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances

The purpose of the award is to:-
(i) Recognize achievements in the area of e-Governance
(ii) Disseminate knowledge on effective methods of designing and implementing sustainable -Governance initiatives
(iii) Encourage innovations in successful -Governance solutions
(iv)Promote and exchange experiences in solving problems, mitigating risks, resolving issues and planning for success.

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National Awards for Institutions engaged in empowering persons with Disabilities
Established in : 1969
Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)

The objective of the award is to empower, recognize, and encourage organizations working for the cause of empowerment of persons with Disabilities

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National Awards for Outstanding Services in the Field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Established in : 2015
Department of Social Justice and Empowerment

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is the nodal Ministry for drug demand reduction. It coordinates and monitors all aspects of drug abuse prevention which include assessment of the extent of the problem, preventive action, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, dissemination of information and public education. The Ministry provides community-based services for the identification, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts through voluntary organizations. In order to recognize the efforts, and encourage excellence in the Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse and rehabilitation of its victims, awards will be presented, once in two years starting from the year 2016, for the most effective or outstanding services as individuals as well as institutions in the prevention of abuse of :-

(a) Alcohol;

(b) Narcotic Drugs;

(c) Psychotropic Substances;

(d) Other Addictive Substances (Except tobacco and its products) e.g. cough syrups, correction fluid, etc.

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National CSR Awards
Established in : 2019
Ministry of Corporate Affairs

The objectives of the awards are:

1. To increase competition in various categories of companies to infuse excellence in their CSR activities

2. To encourage companies to spend the entire amount i.e, eligible CSR spend;

3. To recognize the impact, innovation, usage of technology, gender and environment issues, sustainability, scalability, and replicability of CSR activities; and

4. To channelize CSR activities of corporates so that the benefits of their activities reach the marginalized sections of society and in remote areas of the country.


Under National CSR Awards there are three main categories as under:-

1. Corporate Awards for Excellence in CSR

2. CSR Awards for CSR in Aspirational Districts/Difficult Terrains

3. CSR Awards for contribution in National Priority Areas

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National Gopal Ratna Award
Established in : 2017
Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying

i. To motivate farmers to take up productivity enhancement of indigenous breeds of milch animals in a scientific manner.

ii. To motivate Artificial insemination Technicians to take up 100% AI coverage, under Rashtriya Gokul Mission ( RGM).

iii. To motivate Cooperative and Milk producer Companies to grow and to instill competitive spirit.

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National Metallurgist Award
Established in : 1962
Ministry of Steel

This scheme is only for Indian nationals who have made contribution in the field of metallurgy in India through their work in industry, R&D or academia to recognize outstanding contributions in the metallurgical field, covering Operations, Research & Development, Waste Management and Energy Conservation. Individuals from Industry and Research & Academia can apply for the Awards.  The Awards will be given in the following four categories:-

1) Lifetime Achievement Award

2) National Metallurgist Award

3) Young Metallurgist

a) Environment b) Metal Science

4) Award for R&D in Iron & Steel Sector

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National Technical Teacher's Award
Established in : 2019
Department of Higher Education

The scheme is introduced for identifying the extraordinary teachers and recognize the excellence / best practices / innovativeness of such teachers in field of technical education at national level for Degree, Diploma institutions, Pharmacy and Management Institutions.
This scheme is aimed to recognize the meritorious faculties on Teacher’s Day i.e., 5 September every year at National level and encourage themto update themselves to the ever-changing needs of higher education at global level and thereby becoming an effective contributor towards the society.
National Technical Teacher’s Award is divided in following categories:
1.Award for Engineering/ Technical faculty members
2.Award for Management faculty members

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National Water Awards
Established in : 2018
Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Encourage all stakeholder including the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Gram Panchayats, Urban Local Bodies, Water User Associations, Institutions, Corporate Sector, Individuals etc. for adopting innovative practices of ground water augmentation by rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge, promoting water use efficiency, recycling & re-use of water and creating awareness through people's participation in the targeted areas resulting into the sustainability of ground water resources development, adequate capacity building amongst the stakeholders etc.


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Padma Awards
Established in : 1954
Ministry of Home Affairs

The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian honour of India, are announced every year on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan for exceptional and distinguished service; Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of higher order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field of activity. There ought to be an element of public service in the achievements of the person to be selected for these Awards.


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Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill Excellence Award
Established in : 2018
Department of Telecommunications

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill Excellence Awards have been instituted by Ministry of Communications, Government of India to encourage and stimulate/ inspire Telecom Skill ecosystem by rewarding the successful telecom skilled people and institutions of India annually for their exemplary and outstanding contributions in the areas of Telecom Skilling, Telecom Services, Telecom Manufacturing, Telecom Applications in deploying telecom dependent sectoral solutions for different fields such as agriculture, commerce, health, education etc.

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Police Service Medal
Established in : 1951
Ministry of Home Affairs

This Medal is given to recognize valuable services characterized by resource and devotion to duty including prolonged service or ability and merit in Police Service or in the Central Police/ Security. It comes at SI. No. 47 and 53 on order of Precedence as per President's Secretariat Notification No. 106-Pres/2004 dated 19/7/2004.


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Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar
Established in : 2018
Ministry of Women and Child Development

The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Purashkar (PMRBP) is organized to celebrate the energy, determination, ability, zeal and enthusiasm of our children.

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Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar
Established in : 2009
Department of Sports

The objective of the award is to encourage and promote involvement of corporates, voluntary organizations, sports control boards etc., in the promotion and development of sports in the country. There will be following four categories of awards under the Scheme:

  1. Identification and nurturing of budding/young talent
  2. Encouragement to sports through Corporate Social Responsibility
  3. Employment of sports persons and sports welfare measures
  4. Sports for Development

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Sardar Patel National Unity Award
Established in : 2019
Ministry of Home Affairs

The objective of the Award is to recognize the notable and inspiring contributions made by the citizens/ institutions/ organizations of India to promote the cause of national unity and integrity and to reinforce the value of a strong and united India.

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Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar
Established in : 2018
National Disaster Management Authority

The Government of India decided to Institute an award to recognize the excellent work done by individuals and Institutions in India in the field of Disaster Management like Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Rescue, Response, Relief, Rehabilitation, Research/ Innovations or Early Warning. The award shall be designated as “ Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar Award.”

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Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award
Established in : 1994
Department of Youth Affairs

The objectives of the award are:

1. To recognize the achievements of the person in the field of adventure.

2. To encourage young people to develop the spirit of endurance, risk-taking, cooperative teamwork, and quick, ready, and effective reflexes in challenging situations.

3. To provide incentives to the young people for getting exposed to the adventure activities.

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