New Delhi, May 6(ANI): President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today gave away the 'Certificate of Honour' and the 'Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman' to 51 recipients for the years 2008 and 2009.
The awards were announced on the eve of the Independence Day 2008 and 2009.
The Presidential Award of Certificate of Honour is announced on the eve of Independence Day every year in recognition of the outstanding contribution by various scholars in the field of Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian or Pali/Prakrit in recognition of their teaching experience, published work and their efforts in keeping the tradition of these languages alive.
Further from the year 2008, it had also been decided to institute one international award for Sanskrit to non-resident Indians or persons of non-Indian origin on the same lines of as of award to an Indian.
The total number of awards from the year 2008 onwards would be 15 awards for Sanskrit, one international award for Sanskrit, consisting of one time monetary grant of five lakh rupees to each awards, three awards each for Arabic and Persian and one award for Pali/Prakrit, each carrying a monetary grant of Rs.50,000 per annum for lifetime.
A sanad and a shawl were also presented to each of the awardees by President Patil.eventeen Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil for the years 2005-06 to 2007-08 were also given away. (ANI)