Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar
President Ram Nath Kovind Conferring The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2020.
TypeCivilian award
Awarded forAchievements in the fields of "innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts & culture, bravery, and sports" (Bal Shakti Puraskar), and in the fields of "child development, child protection, and child welfare" (Bal Kalyan Puraskar)[1]
VenueDurbar Hall, Rashtrapati
Country India
Presented byGovernment of India
Reward(s)A medal, a cash prize, and a certificate
First awarded1996
Last awarded2022
TotalAround 100

The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (lit.'Prime Minister's National Award for Children')[2] is a civilian honour in India.

The award has two categories: Bal Shakti Puraskar, awarded to Indian citizens under the age of 18 for outstanding achievement in innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts and culture, bravery, or sports, and Bal Kalyan Puraskar, to individuals or organisations that have made outstanding contributions in child development, child protection, or child welfare.[1]

The Bal Kalyan Puraskar, previously the National Child Welfare Awards, was instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 1979, and the Bal Shakti Puraskar, previously the National Child Award, was instituted by the NGO Indian Council for Child Welfare in 1996. In 2018, the two awards were renamed and combined into the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, which is administered by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

It is conferred by the President of India in the week preceding Republic Day, 26 January,[3] in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Previously, the awards were conferred on Children's Day.[citation needed] The Prime Minister of India also meets with the awardees at his residence, 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.[4] In 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony was online, and the Prime Minister met with the awardees in a video conference.[5]


The award includes a medal, a cash prize, a citation[clarification needed] and a certificate. Children who win the Bal Shakti Puraskar also receive book vouchers,[6] and participate in the Republic Day Parade.[7][8]

Eligibility and nominations

Bal Kalyan Puraskar

Bal Kalyan Puraskar has two categories, for individuals and for institutions. Three awards are given in each category.

In the individual category, Indian citizens who are 18 years old or above on 31 August in the year they are nominated, and who are not employed by an institution, are eligible to be nominated. Institutions working within "any field of child welfare" can be nominated for the institutions category. In the case of both individuals and institutions, the nominee must have been active for a number of years in the field they are nominated within.[6]

Bal Shakti Puraskar

Children who are Indian citizens and who are between the ages of 5 and 18 on 31 August in the year they are nominated are eligible for the Bal Shakti Puraskar. Any Indian citizen may nominate a child for the award. The cut-off date for nominations is 31 August each year, for the awards that are given in January of the following year.[6]

Selection committee

The awardees are selected by a committee including representatives of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and a number of other departments, as well as subject experts in the relevant fields.[6]

Notable recipients

National Child Award / Bal Shakti Puraskar


  1. ^ a b "Ministry of Women and Child Development". Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  2. ^ "President of India confers "Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar" today in Delhi". (Press release). Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  3. ^ DelhiJanuary 23, Indo-Asian News Service New; January 23, 2019UPDATED; Ist, 2019 00:04. "President Kovind awards 26 children for innovation, bravery". India Today. Retrieved 13 January 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "PM interacts with winners of Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019". Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  5. ^ "32 Children Awarded Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar- 2021". (Press release). Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "Revised Guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar" (PDF). Ministry of Women and Child Development. Retrieved 8 May 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Children conferred national awards all smiles at R-Day parade". The Times of India. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  8. ^ ali, nayare (11 February 2018). "A heart for research". Deccan Chronicle.