Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar for Rewarding Indian Institutions & Individuals in the field of Child Development

Deadline: 31 August 2019

The Government of India is pleased to announce its Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to recognize the Indian children, Institution and Individuals for their great contribution towards Child Development.

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The Government of India now introduces these awards under the name of “Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar” in two categories i.e.

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  1. Bal Shakti Puraskar (Earlier known as National Child Award): These awards are to be given as recognition to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievement in the fields of innovation, scholastic, sports, arts & culture, social service and bravery which deserves recognition.
    • Award
      • Each awardee will be given a medal, a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-, book vouchers worth Rs. 10,000/-, a certificate and citation.
      • Due care should be taken to ensure fair representation of all States/UTs.
      • Fair representation of all genders should be encouraged.
    • Eligibility Criteria
      • Age Limit: A Child who is an Indian Citizen and residing in India and is above the age of (+5) years and not exceeding 18 years (as on 31st August of respective year).
      • Excellence in any one of the following fields (Achievements that benefit society will be encouraged):
        • Innovation: Innovation in the field of science and social science may be considered. The initiative taken to impact the human lives as well as ecology and environment in a positive manner may be considered.
        • Social Service: Leadership skills in motivating and mobilizing society against social evils like child marriage, sexual abuse, alcoholism etc should be encouraged.
        • Scholastic: Consistent achievements in scholastic at National and International level to be encouraged.
        • Sports: Consistent achievements in sports at National and International levels to be encouraged.
        • Art & Culture: Consistent achievements in art & culture at National and International level in art, music (vocal & instrumental), dance, painting or any other form of art/culture.
        • Bravery:
          • To acknowledge and encourage:-
            • Selfless service in the face of risk to her/his own life;
            • And/or an act of outstanding courage and daring against an adverse natural or manmade situations.
            • And/or an exceptional act of mental strength, quick wit and presence of mind in the face of grave danger to self and society
          • The achievement should not be one-off, but carried out over a period of time. The achievements should be indicative of child’s passion in respective field and suggestive of a bright future in particular field.
          • Context and background of the child should also be criteria. For example, achievements of a child in different circumstances should be given weigtage.
  1. Bal Kalyan Puraskar (Earlier known as National Child Welfare Award):-
    • Individual– These Awards are given as recognition to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution towards service for children in the field of Child Development, Child Protection and Child Welfare for not less than 7 years and have a positive impact on the lives of children. The number of awards would be 3(three).
      • Award: The award consists of a medal, cash prize of Rs. 1, 00,000/- (one lakh), a citation and a certificate to each awardee.
      • Eligibility Criteria
        • Age Limit: An individual who is an Indian Citizen and residing in India and should have attained the age of 18 years or above(as on 31st August of respective year).
        • An individual should have made outstanding contribution in any of the following fields:
          • Child Welfare
          • Child Protection
          • Child Development
        • An individual should have worked for the cause of children for not less than 7 years.
        • Salaried officers of the Institutions will not be eligible for consideration under this category.
    • Institution: These awards are given to institutions who have done exceptional work for the cause of children in any field of child welfare. The number of awards would be 3(three).
        • Award: The award for institution consists of a medal, cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000/- each and a citation, and a certificate.
        • Eligibility Criteria
          • The institution should not be entirely funded by the government.
          • The institution should have been in the field of child welfare for 10 years and should have been performing consistently in the field. Contribution should have positively impacted the lives of the children.

How to Apply

  • Open nominations from public will be received only through a website. Applications received other than online mode will not be entertained.
  • The web portal to accept nominations round the year, while limiting consideration up to 31th August of the respective year, for awards to be given in the month of January, next year. Applications received after due date will be considered for the awards in the next year.
  • Any citizen can recommend a child having exceptional achievement through the online portal.
  • Applications received by the due date will be sent to the State/UT and District Collector/District Magistrate, other government/appropriate agencies/organisations for verification of the content and achievements by 15th October.
  • Thereafter, the applications will be shortlisted based on the eligibility criteria.

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