Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar

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  • Context (PIB): The President of India will confer the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to 19 exceptional children in an award ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan.

Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP)

  • PMRBP is awarded annually by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD).
  • The award is given for outstanding achievements in 7 categories: Bravery, Art & Culture, Environment, Innovation, Science & Technology, Social Service, and Sports.
  • The age group of awardees is 5 – 18 years.
  • Each awardee receives a Medal, a Certificate, and a Citation Booklet.

History

  • Bal Kalyan Puraskar
    • Instituted in 1979 as the National Child Welfare Awards, renamed in 2018 as Bal Kalyan Puraskar.
    • Given as recognition to individuals and institutions contributing significantly to child development, child protection, and child welfare.
    • Eligibility for Individuals: Indian Citizen residing in India, aged 18 years or above (as of 31st August of the respective year), with a minimum of 7 years of work for the cause of children.
    • Eligibility for Institutions: Should not be entirely funded by the government; has been in the field of child welfare for 10 years.
  • Bal Shakti Puraskar
    • Instituted in 1996 as the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement, renamed in 2018 as Bal Shakti Puraskar.
    • Recognizes exceptional achievements of children in various fields, including innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts & culture, sports, and bravery.
    • Eligibility: Indian Citizen residing in India, aged between 5 and 18 years.
  • The two awards were renamed & combined into Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar in 2018.
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