Former vice president Venkaiah Naidu has been conferred with the 25th Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi National Eminence Award (SIES).
- Other awardees in various categories included the Governor of Kerala Arif Mohammed Khan, eminent industrialist Ratan Tata, renowned cardiologist and Padma Vibhushan awardee Dr Marthanda Varma Sankaran Valianathan, Scientific Advisor to the Government of India Ajay Sood and famous Harikatha artiste Vishakha Hari.
- The awards were instituted by the South Indian Education Society in 1998 in memory of the late Seer of Kanchi, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati.
- Awards are given in the fields of public leadership, community leadership, science and technology and social thinkers to those who had made outstanding contributions in the above four fields.
- Each award carries a cash prize of Rs.2.5 lakh, a citation, an ornamental lamp and a scroll.
Q1) What is SIES?
South Indian Education Society (SIES), is one of the oldest educational societies established in Mumbai by M V Venkateshwaran in 1932. SIES has established a high school, a group of arts, science and commerce colleges, along with academic and professional institutions of higher learning with more than 18,000 students.
Source: All India Radio