March 30, 2023

Braveheart, maths wiz, dancer and Covid warriors among 29 to bag Bal Puraskar | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Gurugu Himapriya was just nine when in February 2018, terrorists attacked the Sunjuwan Mil Camp with grenades in Jammu. This braveheart from Andhra Pradesh, who will be celebrating her birthday on Tuesday, held her ground , engaging in a conversation with one of the terrorist for 4 to 5 hours, negotiating and eventually preventing families from being targeted by them.
She is one of the 29 awardees for 2022 who were conferred with the “Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar” in the bravery category on Monday at a virtual ceremony by PM Modi. In fact, 14 of the awardees were girls, an apt acknowledgement of girl power on National Girl Child Day.
Children were awarded for their accomplishments in six fields — innovation, scholastic achievements, sports, arts and culture, social service and bravery. In a first, digital certificates were given to the awardees for the years 2022 and 2021 using blockchain technology developed by IIT Kanpur.
Among those who shared their stories with the PM were Remona Evette Pereira, a Bharatnatyam dancer from Karnataka who recalled how after her father’s death her mother did not let the difficult circumstances hinder her ambitions. She credited her mother for helping her in overcoming the fear of dancing on broken glass. The 16-year-old has been performing for 13 years and has won many accolades.
Interacting with Master Avi Sharma, an awardee in the scholastics category from Indore, the PM inquired about the secret of his prolific output with regard to various aspects of the Ramayana. Avi, who is also one of the youngest mentors of vedic mathematics, recited some couplets from his abridged version of Ramayana that he has named “Bal Mukhi Ramayana”.
Awardees who were seen steering change during the pandemic include Puhabi Chakraborti, 15, who developed a user interface to control a spirometer. Meedhansh Kumar Gupta, 12, developed a portal providing all-related information on Covid-19 on a single platform during the early stage of the pandemic. Aakarsh Kaushal, 17, developed an MIS RTPCR portal to manage the situation of Covid-19 in Haryana’s Karnal district. The project has been expanded to other districts of the state.

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