• Padma Awards 2017: Unsung heroes make it to Padma list

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    Padma Awards 2017: Unsung heroes make it to Padma list

    NEW DELHI: The 2017 Padma awards list promises to be a mix of eminent and well-known achievers as well as unsung heroes across various fields. While the big names in the shortlist include former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and her coach P Gopichand, the lesser-known likely to be honoured are social activist Alok Sagar who once taught former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan at IIT, folk singer from Uttara Kannada’s Halakki tribe Sukri Bomma Gowda and sitar and surbahar player from Kolkata Imrat Khan.

    “Of the nearly 120 names cleared for Padma awards — which are conferred in categories Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan — around 50% could be achievers whose contributions in their respective fields of expertise or talent have not received ample recognition. The stress this year is to reward such unsung heroes,” said an officer involved with the Padma awards selection process. (As per TOI)

    This year,President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 89 persons of which 9 are to be given in the field of medicine. Here is the list of awardees (Healthcare)

    Padma Bhushan

    Shri Tehemton Udwadia– A Parsi Indian surgeon and gastroenterologist from Maharashtra, Dr Udwadia is considered by many as the father of laparoscopic surgery in India. This is not the first time he has been honoured with a Padma award. In 2006, he was awarded with a Padma Shri, in 2006, for his contributions to Indian medicine and he received the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II, the same year.

    Padma Shri

    Dr Bhakti Yadav– Nonogenarian Bhakti Yadav, popularly known as “Doctor Dadi” from Indore is the first woman from Indore to hold an MBBS degree. Still working at the age of 91, She has been treating patients free of cost for the past 68 years and has helped deliver thousands of babies.

    Dr Subroto Das– Known as the “Highway Messiah”, 51 year old doctor, Dr Subroto Das is one of the pioneers in bringing medical relief to accident victims on national highways. Das, 51, hails from Gujarat. He started the Lifeline Foundation after he met with an accident. Today, he provides emergency medical services on the highway network spanning 4,000 kilometres in Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

    Dr Mukut Minz- An eminent PGI tranplant surgeon he has been credited with setting up a new Department of Renal Transplant Surgery at the PGI and performing over 3,300 kidney transplants, among other achievements. Dr Minz successfully established a combined kidney-pancreas transplant programme for Type 1 diabetics with kidney failure at the PGI. He recently led the medical team at AIIMS, New Delhi, that carried out the kidney transplant of Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

    Prof Harkishen Singh- Professor Emeritus at the PU, 89-year-old Prof Harkishen Singh, a prominent medicinal chemist and a scientist, is a renowned personality in the pharmacy industry. He is credited with a rarest accomplishments in India, that is ,discovery of a clinically useful drug, Chandonium Iodide (HS-310), which was later named by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as Candocuronium Iodide. Candocuronium is the only drug discovered by any Indian University till date.

    Dr Devendra Dayabhai Patel– An 84 year old renowned cancer specialist from Ahmadabad, Dr Patel has been treating cancer patients for more than 50 years and is not a stranger to awards and laurels being bestowed upon him. He is considered to be among the best surgical oncologists in the country.

    Prof Madan Madhav Godbole-Dr Madan Madhav Godbole, professor at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences molecular medicine department, is the man who literally gave Indians Iodised salt. In 1980s, he undertook several research works to study the impact of iodine deficiency on human health. The work led to policy change including National Goitre Control Programme and paved way for inclusion of iodised salt in everyday food .

    Dr Suniti Solomon (Posthumous)– Dr Suniti Solomon, who diagnosed the first AIDS case in India in 1985, has figured in the Padma Shri list posthumously. Dr Suniti Solomon was instrumental in driving a nation-wide discussion on the subject, through her experience from biomedical to the socio economic range on HIV/AIDS. Her foremost initiative was the document on the first evidence of HIV infection in India in 1986 which brought the required attention to the then emerging epidemic.

    Here Is the Complete List of Padma Awardees of 2017

    Padma Vibhushan Awardees Padma Shri
    1. Sharad Pawar, Politician 1. Vishwa Mohan Bhat, Hindustani Musician
    2. Murli Manohar Joshi, Politician 2. Tehemton Udwadia, Medicine
    3. KJ Yesudas, Carnatic Musician 3. Ratna Sundar Maharaj, Spiritualism
    4. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Late Politician 4. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn , Literature and Education
    5. PA Sangma, Politician 5. Prof. (Dr.) Devi Prasad Dwivedi, Literature and Education
    6. Sunder Lal Patwah, Late Politician 6. Late Shri Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumously) Padma Shri Awardees
    7. Vishwa Mohan Bhat, Hindustani Musician
    While five prominent sportsperson were recipients of this prestigious awards, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar & Virat Kohli To be Awarded Padma Shri
    Arts Social Work
    1. Basanti Bisht, Music 1.      Dr SV Mapuskar
    2. Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair, Dance 2.      Anuradha Koirala
    3. Aruna Mohanty, Dance 3.      Girish Bharadwaj
    4. Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Cinema 4.      Balbir Singh Seechewal
    5. Sadhu Meher, Cinema 5.      Daripalli Ramaiah
    6. T K Murthy , Music 6.      Bipin Ganatra
    7. Laishram Birendra kumar Singh, Music 7.      Shri Daripalli Ramaiah
    8. Krishna Ram Chaudhary, Music 8.      Karimul Hak
    9. Baoa Devi, Painting 9.      Bipin Ganatra
    10. Tilak Gitai, Painting 10. Nivedita Raghunath Bhide
    11. Dr. Prof. Aekka Yadagiri Rao, Sculpture 11. Appasaheb Dharmadhikari
    12. Jitendra Haripal, Music Medicine
    13. Kailash Kher, Music 1. Dr Suniti Solomon
    14. Parassala B Ponnamma, Music 2. Dr Subroto Das
    15. Sukri Bommagowda, Music 3. Dr Bhakti Yadav
    16. Mukund Nayak, Music 4. Tehemton Udwadia
    17. Purushottam Upadhyay, Music 5. Dr. Mukut Minz
    18. Anuradha Paudwal, Music 6. Prof. Harkishan Singh
    19. Wareppa Naba Nil, Art-Theatre 7. Dr. Mukut Minz
    20. Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla, Literature and Education 8. Dr. (Smt.) Bhakti
    21. Eli Ahmed, Literature and Education 9. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Waheed
    22. Dr Narendra Kohli, Literature and Education 10. Dr. Madan Madhav Godbole
    23. Prof. G. Venkatasubbiah, Literature and Education 11. Dr. Devendra Dayabhai Patel
    24. Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiri, Literature and Education 12. Late (Smt.) Suniti Solomon (Posthumously)
    25. Kashi Nath Pandita, Literature and Education Others
    26. Chamu Krishna Shastry, Literature and Education 1. Retired civil servant TK Vishwanathan
    27. Harihar Kripalu Tripathi, Literature and Educatio 2. Meenakshi Amma, Martial Arts
    28. Michel Danino, Literature and Education 3. Prof Harkishan Singh from Chandigarh
    29. Punam Suri, Literature and Education 4. Ex-foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal
    30. VG Patel, Literature and Education 5. Shri T.K. Viswanathan, Civil Service
    31. V Koteswaramma, Literature and Education 6. Shri Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary, Civil Service
    Sports 7. Shri Kanwal Sibal, Civil Service
    Shekhar Naik 8. Shri Arun Kumar Sharma, Archaeology
    Sakshi Malik, 9. Shri Sanjeev Kapoor, Culinary
    Dipa Karmakar 10. Smt. Meenakshi Amma, Martial Art
    Virat Kohli 11. Shri Genabhai Dargabhai Patel, Agriculture
    Vikasa Gowda 12. Shri Mohan Reddy Venkatrama Bodanapu, Trade and Industry
    13. Shri Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya, Archaelogy (Posthumously)
    14. Swami Niranjana Nanda , Yoga
    * indicates awardees in the category of Foreigners / NRIs/ PIOs/ Posthumous  

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