The highest civilian honor in the nation, the Padma Award, was given to 106 people this year for their extraordinary and illustrious service in a variety of sectors.
Therefore, the three categories of Padma Awards—Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri—are awarded. These honors reward distinction across a range of subjects and professions, including the arts, social work, politics, science, engineering, business, medicine, literature and education, sports, and public service, among others.
The Padma Vibhushan, established on January 2, 1954, is the Republic of India’s second-highest civilian honor after the Bharat Ratna. Service in any field is eligible for the medal, including work done by scientists, doctors, and government employees. Those employed by public sector organizations, however, are not eligible for this reward.
Without regard to a recipient’s race, profession, or status, the award is granted for exceptionally exemplary service.
Thus, the honor celebrates exceptional achievement in a variety of fields, including the performing arts, education, business, literature, science, medicine, social work, and public affairs.