The existing Bangladeshi honours system was created after Independence of Bangladesh. The most highest civilian honours are the Independence Award and Ekushey Padak. They are awarded every year. The awards are civilian awards for a broad set of achievements in fields such as Education, Arts, Civil Service, or Social Service and Liberation War. Awards were also bestowed posthumously and they are not given for foreign citizens.

The most recognized and respected gallantry awards are the Bir (Bengali: বীর) awards which are Bir Sreshtho, Bir Uttom, Bir Bikrom and Bir Protik in decreasing order of importance. They are awarded to freedom fighters who showed utmost bravery and fought against the Pakistan Army in the Bangladesh Liberation War. All of these awards were introduced immediately after the Liberation War in 1971.

The 'Nakeeb Padak' (Bangla : নকীব পদক) has been awarded since 2021 for the contribution to Bengali literature.

Civil decorations

General awards

Literature awards

Particular awards

Military decorations

Main article: Military awards and decorations of Bangladesh

Military Medals of Bangladesh
Military Medals of Bangladesh

The following are the various gallantry, service and war medals of the Bangladesh Armed Forces.[5][6][7][8][9]

Wartime gallantry awards

Peacetime gallantry awards

Army service medals

Long service awards

Special decorations (for non-nationals)

Police medals

Police medals are awarded every year in the annual Police Week Parade. They are awarded both for bravery and service.

Border Guard medals

Ansar and VDP medals

See also


  1. ^ Khan, Sanjida (2012). "National Awards". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ "Order about National Professor" (in Bengali). Ministry of Education (Bangladesh). 2011-06-15.
  3. ^ "Order about National Awards" (PDF) (in Bengali). Cabinet Divisions. 2011-06-15.
  4. ^ "PM gives away national sports awards". 2015-02-24.
  5. ^ Bangladesh Ribbon Chart
  6. ^ Text List of Ribbons
  7. ^ Orders, Decorations and Medals of Bangladesh
  8. ^ "Medals | Official Website of Bangladesh Army". Archived from the original on 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-14. Army Medal Lists: Official
  9. ^ Archived 2015-12-22 at the Wayback Machine Asian Medals: Bangladesh
  10. ^ Haroon Habib (25 July 2011). "Bangladesh honours Indira Gandhi with highest award". The Hindu.
  11. ^ "Vajpayee honoured". 8 June 2015.