KOLHAPUR, MARCH 11: Maya Shankar Verma, advisor to the Reserve Bank of India, has been awarded the prestigious Rashtrabhushan Award for 1998 by the Ichalkaranji-based FIE Foundation, while eminent scientist Prof Yash Pal and managing director of the Larsen and Toubro company S D Kulkarni have been awarded the outstanding contribution awards for 1998.
Jnanpith laureate Girish Karnad, director of R&D(Engineers), Dighi M R Joshi, vice-chancellor of Mahatma Phule Agriculture University Yogendra Nerkar, Kolhapur superintendent of police Madhav Sanap are among this year's FIE recipients.
Founder of the Swadhyay Pariwar, Pandurangshastri Athawale, himself the recipient of the Rashtrabhushan award of 1996, will present the awards on Sunday, foundation trustee Panditrao Kulkarni said. Information and Broadcasting Minister Pramod Mahajan will be the chief guest.
Discontinuing the long-standing tradition of Rashtrabhushan awards for two outstanding personalities, the foundation has announced only one award, this year. The award carries a memento and cash Rs 1.5 lakhs, while two recipients of outstanding contributions awards will be presented with a cash prize of Rs 75,000 each. Apart from these 30 national award winners will receive cash prizes of Rs 35,000 and Rs 15,000 each.
Among the other prominent award winners are Maharashi Vinod ResearchFoundation's Dr Samprasad Vinod, television anchor Priya Tendulkar, stage and folk artist from Gujarat Mansukhbhai Joshi, Mahyco chairman Badrinarayan Barwale and DRDO chief controller Vedprakash Sandlas.
Three girls excelling in their respective fields, 13-year old synthesizer player from Pune Afroz Firozabadi, Mumbai swimmer Bhavana Sharma and a promising chess player from Kolhapur Pallavi Shah will also be honoured.
The other national award winners are Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan executive director Sundaram Ramkrishnan, International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage secretary general C D Thatte, Pune-based architect and landscape designer Shobha Bhopatkar, department of Biotechnology secretary Dr Manju Sharma, Nirlep industries managing director Ramchandra Bhogle, director of Chennai's Tractors and Farm Equipment Mallika Srinivasan, Dr Dhananjay Kelkar of Pune-based Sanjeevan Hospital, Dr Prabhakar Mhaskar from Amalner (dist Jalgaon), social activists from Kolhapur Anant Ajgaonkar and Sadhana Zadbuke, eminent Kannad scholar and winner of Karnataka Sahitya Academy award Prof K S Narayanacharya, Vidyasagar Narade and Dileep Janib from Ichalkaranji, co-operative banker from Kolhapur Abhay Doshi, president of Kolhapur's Shramashakti Pratishthan Anand Patil, medical expert from Miraj Dr S V Sortur, Seva Bharati, a social development organisation from Ichalkaranji and a painter from Kolhapur Asmita Jagtap.
Verma, winner of the Rashtrabhushan Award for 1998, has an exemplary career in banking and was the chairman of the State Bank of India. Born in 1938, he completed his post graduation in philosophy from Patna University and joined banking sector in 1958.
Eminent scientist and recipient of the Padma Vibhushan award Prof Yash Pal was secretary general of second UN Conference on Peaceful Use of Outer Space. He joined Tata Institute of Fundamental Research to work in cosmic rays and High Energy Physics in the early days of career and later became chief consultant to the Planning Commission of India, secretary to the department of Science and Technology and was honoured by several national and international organisations.
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