The National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievement are given to recognise children with exceptional abilities in fields such as academics, culture, arts, sports, music etc. Children in the age group of 5-18 are eligible for the award. The child with the most outstanding achievement is honoured with a cash prize of Rs 20,000, a certificate/ citation and a gold medal. Fifteen children are honoured with a cash prize of Rs 10,000, a certificate/ citation and a silver medal each. The gold and silver awardees are also given book voucher of Rs 10,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively.
The President of India Ram Nath Kovind gave away the National Child Awards 2017 on the occasion of Children’s Day (November 14, 2017). The President honoured 16 children, out of which one child was given a gold medal and 15 children silver medals. The National Award for Child Welfare was conferred on three individuals and five institutions. The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award was conferred on three individuals.
Master Akash Manoj, Tamil Nadu, Krishnagiri, Innovation, Gold
Master Shahil Dey, Assam, Kamrup, Sports (Chess), Silver
Master Shresth Agrawal, Chhattisgarh, Raipur, Innovation, Silver
Master Nishant Abhangi, Gujarat, Rajkot, Academics, Silver
Master Jaysheel Buddhadeo, Haryana, Gurgaon, Music, Silver
Kumari Zaira Wasim, Jammu & Kashmir, Jammu, Art, Silver
Kumari Nikhiya Shamsher, Karnataka, Bengaluru, Social Service, Silver
Master Swasthik Padma, Karnataka, Dakshina Kannada, Innovation, Silver
Master Floyd Emmanuel Libera, Kerala, Ernakulam, Music, Silver
Master Rishabh Garg, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, Innovation, Silver
Master Jaisal Shah, Maharashtra, Mumbai City, Sports (Chess), Silver
Kumari Labdhi Surana, Rajasthan, Udaipur, Sports (Roller Skating), Silver
Master Krishna Pandit, Uttar Pradesh, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Innovation, Silver
Kumari Saniya Subash, Andaman & Nicobar Island, South Andaman, Sports (Martial Art), Silver
Master Aryan Chopra, Delhi, West Delhi District, Sports(Chess), Silver
Kumari Kashish, Delhi, Central Delhi, Theatre, Silver
Deserving institutions and individuals were given awards for outstanding performance in the field of child development and welfare. The awards carry a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh and a citation for each institution and Rs 1 lakh and a citation for each individual.
Anand Kumar, Bihar, Patna
Mahesh Jadhav, Karnataka, Belagavi
Achyuta Samanta, Odisha, Bhubaneswar
Innovative Mid Brain Optimization Institute Pvt Ltd, Delhi, North-West District
Society for Tribal & Rural Developments, Karnataka, Chamarajanagar
Akshaya Patra Foundation, Karnataka, Bengaluru
Aarambh India Initiative, Maharashtra, Mumbai
Nirvan – A Social Welfare Organisation, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow
Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award:-
Individuals are recognised for their outstanding contribution towards service for children, including kids with disabilities. The criteria for selection is quality of work performed by an individual for the cause of children. Voluntary action has a special place in the nation’s effort for promoting the well-being of children. The award includes a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a silver plate and a citation.
Shantilal Gulabchand Muttha, Maharashtra, Pune
Chezhian Ramu, Tamil Nadu, Tiruvannamalai
Shobha Vidyarthi, Uttarkhand, Nainital