The President of India has approved the names of the doctors who are to be conferred with the the Padma Awards-2008. Delhi doctors take the cake once again!
†Of the eighteen awards, six go to Doctors from Delhi (33%).† Last year too, 10 of the 20 awards were conferred to doctors originating from the Indian capital††
Prof. (Dr.) Jagjit Singh Chopra†- Chandigarh†††††††
Prof. Nirmal Kumar Ganguly†- Delhi
Dr. A. Jayanta Kumar Singh - Manipur
Prof. (Dr.) Arjunan Rajasekaran - Tamil Nadu
Prof. (Dr.) C.U. Velmurugendran - Tamil Nadu
Dr. Deepak Sehgal - Delhi
Prof. (Dr.) Dinesh K. Bhargava - Delhi
Dr. Indu Bhushan Sinha - Bihar
Dr. Keiki R. Mehta - Maharashtra
Dr. Malvika Sabharwal - Delhi
Dr. Mohan Chandra Pant - Uttar Pradesh
Dr. Rakesh Kumar Jain - Uttarakhand
Dr. Raman Kapur - Delhi
Dr. Randhir Sud - Delhi†
Dr. Shyam Narayan Arya - Bihar
Prof. (Dr.) Surendra Singh Yadav - Delhi
Dr. Tatyarao Pundlikrao Lahane - Maharashtra
Dr. Tony Fernandez - Kerala
About the AwardsAccording to the procedure, an 'Awards Committee' makes the final recommendations on awardees after receiving 'recommendations' from various sources like state governments / UTs, central ministries and departments and institutions of excellence, and the names have to be finally cleared by the President's office.
Padma Vibhushan : is India's second highest civilian honour. The Bharat Ratna, is the highest award that can be conferred by the President of India. Padma Vibhushan is awarded to recognize exceptional and distinguished service to the nation in any field, including government service.
Padma Bhushan : is India's third highest civilian decoration, awarded by the President of India. It is awarded to recognize distinguished service of a high order to the nation, in any field.
Padma Shri (or) Padma Shree : is an award given by the Government of India generally to Indian citizens to recognize their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Social Service and public life. It stands fourth in the hierarchy of civilian awards after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.
The awards have often come under criticism due to the discrepancy in its distribution, nomination system and lack of transparency in the final selection.