Padma awards: 2015

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The awardees of 2015

In 2015 the President of India approved conferment of Padma Awards to 104 persons as per the list below. The list comprises of 9 Padma Vibhushan, 20 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. 17 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 17 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and 4 Posthumous awardees.

The list

Padma Vibhushan

S. No.

Name of the Awardee

Discipline

State/Domicile

 

1.

Shri L. K. Advani

Public Affairs

Gujarat

2.

Shri Amitabh Bachchan

Art

Maharashtra

3.

Shri Prakash Singh Badal

Public Affairs

Punjab

4.

Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade

Social Work

Karnataka

5.

Shri Mohammad Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar

Art

Maharashtra

6.

Shri Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya

Others

Uttar Pradesh

7.

Prof. Malur Ramaswamy Srinivasan

Science and Engineering  

Tamil Nadu

8.

Shri Kottayan K. Venugopal  

Public Affairs

Delhi

9. 

Shri Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan***

Trade and Industry

France/UK

Padma Bhushan

1.

Shri Jahnu Barua  

Art

Assam

2.

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar 

Science and Engineering

Maharashtra

3.

Shri Swapan Dasgupta

Literature and Education

Delhi

4.

Swami Satyamitranand Giri

Others

Uttar Pradesh

5.

Shri N. Gopalaswami

Civil Service

Tamil Nadu

6.

Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap

Public Affairs

Delhi

7.

Dr. (Pandit) Gokulotsavji Maharaj   

Art

Madhya Pradesh

8.

Dr. Ambrish  Mithal

Medicine

Delhi

9.

Smt. Sudha Ragunathan

Art

Tamil Nadu

10.  

Shri Harish Salve

Public Affairs

Delhi

11.  

Dr. Ashok Seth

Medicine

Delhi

12.  

Shri Rajat Sharma

Literature and Education

Delhi

13.  

Shri Satpal

Sports

Delhi

14.  

Shri Shivakumara Swami

Others

Karnataka

15.  

Dr. Kharag Singh Valdiya 

Science and Engineering

Karnataka

16.   

Prof. Manjul Bhargava**

Science and Engineering

 USA

17.   

Shri David Frawley (Vamadeva)***

Others

 USA

18.   

Shri Bill Gates***

Social Work

 USA

19.   

Ms. Melinda Gates***

Social Work

 USA

20.   

Shri Saichiro Misumi***

Others

 Japan

 

 

Padma Shri

1. 

Dr. Manjula Anagani

Medicine

Telangana

2.

Shri S. Arunan

Science and Engineering

Karnataka

3.

Ms. Kanyakumari Avasarala

Art

Tamil Nadu

4. 

Dr. Bettina Sharada Baumer

Literature and Education

Jammu and Kashmir

5.

Shri Naresh Bedi

Art

Delhi

6.

Shri Ashok Bhagat

Social Work

Jharkhand

7.

Shri Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Art

Maharashtra

8.

Dr. Lakshmi Nandan Bora

Literature and Education 

Assam

9.

Dr. Gyan  Chaturvedi

Literature and Education 

Madhya Pradesh

10.  

Prof. (Dr.) Yogesh Kumar Chawla

Medicine

Chandigarh

11.  

Smt. Jayakumari Chikkala

Medicine

Delhi

12.  

Shri Bibek Debroy

Literature and Education 

Delhi

13.  

Dr. Sarungbam Bimola  Kumari Devi

Medicine

Manipur

14.  

Dr. Ashok Gulati

 Public Affairs

Delhi

15.  

Dr.  Randeep  Guleria

Medicine

Delhi

16.  

Dr. K. P. Haridas

Medicine

Kerala

17.  

Shri Rahul Jain

Art

Delhi

18.  

Shri Ravindra Jain

Art

Maharashtra

19.  

Dr. Sunil Jogi

Literature and Education

Delhi

20.  

Shri Prasoon Joshi

Art

Maharashtra

21.  

Dr. Prafulla Kar

Art

Odisha

22.  

Ms. Saba Anjum  

Sports

Chhattisgarh

23.  

Smt. Ushakiran Khan

Literature and Education 

Bihar

24.  

Dr. Rajesh Kotecha

Medicine

Rajasthan

25.  

Prof. Alka Kriplani

Medicine

Delhi

26.  

Dr. Harsh Kumar

Medicine

Delhi

27.  

Shri Narayana Purushothama Mallaya

Literature and Education

Kerala

28.  

Shri Lambert Mascarenhas

Literature and Education

Goa

29.  

Dr. (Mrs.) Janak Palta McGilligan

Social Work

Madhya Pradesh

30.  

Shri Veerendra Raj Mehta

Social Work

Delhi

31.  

Shri Tarak Mehta

Art

Gujarat

32.  

Shri Neil Herbert Nongkynrih

Art

Meghalaya

33.  

Shri Chewang Norphel

Others

Jammu and Kashmir

34.  

Shri T. V. Mohandas Pai

Trade and Industry

Karnataka

35.  

Dr.Tejas Patel

Medicine

Gujarat

36.  

Shri Jadav Molai Peyang

Others

Assam

37.  

Smt. Bimla Poddar

Other

Uttar Pradesh

38.  

Dr. N. Prabhakar

Science and Engineering

Delhi

39.  

Dr. Prahalada

Science and Engineering

Maharashtra

40.  

Dr. Narendra Prasad

Medicine

Bihar

41.  

Shri Ram Bahadur Rai

Literature and Education

Delhi

42.  

Ms. Mithali Raj

Sports

Telangana

43.  

Shri P. V.  Rajaraman

Civil Service 

Tamil Nadu

44.  

Prof.  J. S. Rajput

Literature and Education 

Uttar Pradesh

45.  

Shri Kota Srinivasa Rao

Art

Andhra Pradesh

46.  

Prof. Bimal Roy

Literature and Education

West Bengal

47.  

Shri Shekhar Sen

Art

Maharashtra

48.  

Shri Gunvant Shah

Literature and Education 

Gujarat

49.  

Shri Brahmdev Sharma (Bhaiji)

Literature and Education 

Delhi

50.  

Shri Manu Sharma

Literature and Education 

Uttar Pradesh

51.  

Prof. Yog Raj Sharma

Medicine 

Delhi

52.  

Shri Vasant Shastri

Science and Engineering

Karnataka

53.  

Shri S. K. Shivkumar

Science and Engineering

Karnataka

54.  

Ms. P. V. Sindhu

Sports

Telangana

55.  

Shri Sardara Singh

Sports

Haryana

56.  

Ms. Arunima Sinha

Sports   

Uttar Pradesh

57.  

Shri Mahesh Raj Soni

Art

Rajasthan

58.  

Dr.Nikhil Tandon

Medicine

Delhi

59.  

Shri H. Thegtse Rinpoche

Social Work

Arunachal Pradesh

60.  

Dr.Hargovind Laxmishanker Trivedi

Medicine

Gujarat

61.   

Shri Huang Baosheng ***

Others

China

62.   

Prof. Jacques Blamont***

Science and Engineering

France

63.   

Late Shri Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin*

Others

Maharashtra

64.   

Shri Jean-Claude Carriere ***

Literature and Education

France

65.   

Dr. Nandrajan “Raj” Chetty**

Trade and Industry

USA

66.   

Shri George L. Hart***

Others

USA

67.   

Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda Maha Raja **

Others

Portugal

68.   

Late Shri Meetha Lal Mehta*

Social Work

Rajasthan

69.   

Ms. Tripti Mukherjee **

Art

USA

70.   

Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori **

Medicine

USA

71.   

Dr. Raghu Rama Pillarisetti**

Medicine

USA

72.   

Dr. Saumitra Rawat**

Medicine

UK

73.   

Prof. Annette Schmiedchen***

Literature and Education

Germany

74.   

Late Shri Pran Kumar Sharma alias Pran*

Art

Delhi

75.   

Late Shri R. Vasudevan*

Civil Service

Tamil Nadu

 

*** indicates awardees in the category of Foreigners

** indicates awardees in the category of NRIs/ PIOs

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2015: Nomination for the award

The Times of India, Apr 24 2016

Mystery panel behind names of several 2015 Padma awardees?

Himanshi Dhawan

Luminaries like senior BJP member L K Advani, actor Amitabh Bachchan, Akali Dal chief and Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal were among those honoured with the Padma awards, second highest civilian honour in the country , in 2015. However, their names are missing from the list of 1,840 people who were recommended for the awards by the home ministry raising questions on who had supported their nomination.

In all, five among nine Padma Vibhushan awardees are not part of the list, including Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan and Dr D Veerendra Heggade. Other Padma awardees whose names don't find a mention in the MHA list but were finally awarded were Microsoft owner and philathropist couple Bill and Melinda Gates, Manipal Global education chairman T V Mohandas Pai and US-based Vedic teacher David Frawley .

The home ministry has disclosed a list of 1,840 people whose names were proposed for the Padma awards along with the persons who recommended their names in response to a RTI application by activist S C Agrawal. Agrawal's name is also part of the list. But there are several names that were not part of the original list and may have been added later casting a mystery on the recommending authority .

According to MHA, a search committee, including bureaucrats from various ministries is tasked with re commending deserving candidates for the prestigious awards. “The usual practice is to invite recommendations every year from all state governments, ministries, governors, Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awardees and Institutes of Excellence,“ the MHA said. This list is considered by the Padma Awards Committee that includes the cabinet secretary , home secretary , secretary to the President among others.

The 2015 committee included Dr H R Nagendra, Dr V S Arunachalam, Prof P N Tandon, S Gurumurthy and A Surya Prakash. The names of the awardees is then approved by the Prime Minister and the President.

The lack of transparency extends also to the reluctance of the home ministry to part with records related to the Padma awards given in 2016. It has refused to disclose the documents despite an order by the Central Information Commission to the contrary.

2015: Shortlisted candidates who did not make to the final list

The Times of India

Apr 26 2015

Padma awards: Rajini, Rohit Shetty shortlisted but didn't make the cut

Bharti Jain

Baba Ramdev and Mata Amritanandmayi, actor Rajinikanth, Bollywood directors Rajkumar Hirani and Rohit Shetty, industrialists GVK Reddy and Shiv Nadar and veteran vocalist Girija Devi were among the 1,897 names recommended for Padma awards this year but did not figure in the final list announced on January 25. The list of persons for whom recommendations were received from one or more sources included film personality Gautam Navnitlal Adhikari, actor Sachin Pilgaonkar, music director Anu Malik, comic book creator Anant Pai, sarangi player Ustad Kamal Sabri, sarod player Pandit Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, herbal cosmetics entrepreneur Shahnaz Hussain and fashion designer Ritu Beri.

Letters endorsing the names of celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Hindi poet Ashok Vajpayi, Sanskrit poet Pandit Mithilaprasad Tripathi, singer Preeti Sagar, spiritual guru Acharya Sri Sudarshan and LGBT rights activist Ashok Row Kavi were also addressed to the Padma awards committee.

Among the sports personalities whose names were placed before the awards panel but did not show up in the final list put out on Republic Day-eve were snooker champion Pankaj Advani and athlete Anju Bobby George. The home ministry will shortly make public the list of all 1,897 names recommended for the prestigious awards -Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri -this year. As has been the practice since last year, the list of persons who recommended these names will also be uploaded on the home ministry website.

Though the list of Padma recommendations, accessed exclusively by TOI, confirms that Baba Ramdev was indeed recommended and considered by the Padma awards committee for the honour, senior home ministry officials remained tightlipped on whether he figured on the shortlist and got excluded after he declined the award.

The Padma Awards Committee painstakingly goes through the citations of each person recommended in a given year, before picking the final awardees. Awards are not conferred posthumously unless the person being considered has died within a year before the announcement of the list (one reason why Anant Pai may not have been chosen). Also, those facing criminal cases are usually rejected based on a verification of their antecedents.

See also

Padma awards <> Bharat Ratna <> Padma awards: 2010<> Padma awards: 2011<> Padma awards: 2012<> Padma awards: 2014<> Padma awards: 2015<> Padma awards: 2016<>

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