Padma Awards: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan & Padma Shri

Padma Awards: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan & Padma Shri

Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines / fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.


Padma Awards were instituted in the year 1954. Except for brief interruptions during the years 1977 to 1980 and 1993 to 1997, these awards have been announced every year on Republic Day. The award is given in three categories, viz. Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, in the decreasing order of importance.

  • Padma Vibhushan for “exceptional and distinguished service”. Padma Vibhushan is the second-highest civilian award in India.
  • Padma Bhushan for “distinguished service of a high order”. Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award in India.
  • Padma Shri is awarded for “distinguished service”. Padma Shri is the fourth-highest civilian award in India.

Unlike national honors, the Padma awards do not include cash allowances, benefits, or special concessions in rail / air travel. Per a December 1995 judgment of the Supreme Court of India, no titles or honorifics are associated with the Bharat Ratna or any of the Padma awards; honorees cannot use them or their initials as suffixes, prefixes or pre- and post-nominals attached to the awardee’s name. This includes any such use on letterheads, invitation cards, posters, books etc. In the case of any misuse, the awardee will forfeit the award, and he or she is cautioned against any such misuse upon receiving the honour.

  • The decoration comprises a sanad (Certificate) issued under the hand and seal of the President and a Medallion.
  • The recipients are also given a replica of the medallion, which they can wear during any ceremonial / State functions etc., if they desire.
  • A commemorative brochure giving out brief details in respect of each award winner is also released on the day of the investiture ceremony.

Padma Awards: Selection Process

These awards seek to recognize work of any distinction… and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements / service in all fields of activities / disciplines, such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry, etc. All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards.

In 2015, the BJP government decided to end the practice of ministers recommending names for Padma awards and replaced it with any Indian citizen recommending a person for Padma awards online. The government said that this was done with the belief that every citizen has something to contribute to the nation and that contribution should be integrated with the country’s growth. Accordingly, several hitherto unknown citizens were awarded Padma awards in 2017. The role of the state governments was also minimized.

Padma Awards 2022

These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March / April every year. This year the President has approved conferment of 128 Padma Awards including 2 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) as per list below. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards. 34 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners / NRI / PIO / OCI and 13 Posthumous awardees.

Padma Vibhushan 2022 (4)

State / Country
Ms. Prabha Atre
Shri Radheyshyam Khemka (Posthumous)
Literature and Education
Uttar Pradesh
General Bipin Rawat (Posthumous)
Civil Service
Shri Kalyan Singh (Posthumous)
Public Affairs
Uttar Pradesh

Padma Bhushan 2022 (17)

  1. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad: Public Affairs – Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Shri Victor Banerjee: Art – West Bengal
  3. Ms. Gurmeet Bawa (Posthumous): Art – Punjab
  4. Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee: Public Affairs – West Bengal
  5. Shri Natarajan Chandrasekaran: Trade and Industry – Maharashtra
  6. Shri Krishna Ella and Smt. Suchitra Ella* (Duo): Trade and Industry – Telangana
  7. Ms. Madhur Jaffery: Others-Culinary – United States of America
  8. Shri Devendra Jhajharia: Sports – Rajasthan
  9. Shri Rashid Khan: Art – Uttar Pradesh
  10. Shri Rajiv Mehrishi: Civil Service – Rajasthan
  11. Shri Satya Narayana Nadella: Trade and Industry – United States of America
  12. Shri Sundararajan Pichai: Trade and Industry – United States of America
  13. Shri Cyrus Poonawalla: Trade and Industry – Maharashtra
  14. Shri Sanjaya Rajaram (Posthumous): Science and Engineering – Mexico
  15. Ms. Pratibha Ray: Literature and Education – Odisha
  16. Swami Sachidanand: Literature and Education – Gujarat
  17. Shri Vashishth Tripathi: Literature and Education – Uttar Pradesh

Padma Shri 2022 (107)

  1. Shri Prahlad Rai Agarwala Trade and Industry West Bengal
  2. Prof. Najma Akhtar Literature and Education Delhi
  3. Shri Sumit Antil Sports Haryana
  4. Shri T Senka Ao Literature and Education Nagaland
  5. Ms. Kamalini Asthana and Ms. Nalini Asthana* (Duo) Art Uttar Pradesh
  6. Shri Subbanna Ayyappan Science and Engineering Karnataka
  7. Shri J K Bajaj Literature and Education Delhi
  8. Shri Sirpi Balasubramaniam Literature and Education Tamil Nadu
  9. Srimad Baba Balia Social Work Odisha
  10. Ms. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay Science and Engineering West Bengal
  11. Ms. Madhuri Barthwal Art Uttarakhand
  12. Shri Akhone Asgar Ali Basharat Literature and Education Ladakh
  13. Dr. Himmatrao Bawaskar Medicine Maharashtra
  14. Shri Harmohinder Singh Bedi Literature and Education Punjab
  15. Shri Pramod Bhagat Sports Odisha
  16. Shri S Ballesh Bhajantri Art Tamil Nadu
  17. Shri Khandu Wangchuk Bhutia Art Sikkim
  18. Shri Maria Christopher Byrski Literature and Education Poland
  19. Acharya Chandanaji Social Work Bihar
  20. Ms. Sulochana Chavan Art Maharashtra
  21. Shri Neeraj Chopra Sports Haryana
  22. Ms. Shakuntala Choudhary Social Work Assam
  23. Shri Sankaranarayana Menon Chundayil Sports Kerala
  24. Shri S Damodaran Social Work Tamil Nadu
  25. Shri Faisal Ali Dar Sports Jammu and Kashmir
  26. Shri Jagjit Singh Dardi Trade and Industry Chandigarh
  27. Dr. Prokar Dasgupta Medicine United Kingdom
  28. Shri Aditya Prasad Dash Science and Engineering Odisha
  29. Dr. Lata Desai Medicine Gujarat
  30. Shri Malji bhai Desai Public Affairs Gujarat
  31. Ms. Basanti Devi Social Work Uttarakhand
  32. Ms. Lourembam Bino Devi Art Manipur
  33. Ms. Muktamani Devi Trade and Industry Manipur
  34. Ms. Shyamamani Devi Art Odisha
  35. Shri Khalil Dhantejvi (Posthumous) Literature and Education Gujarat
  36. Shri Savaji Bhai Dholakia Social Work Gujarat
  37. Shri Arjun Singh Dhurve Art Madhya Pradesh
  38. Dr. Vijaykumar Vinayak Dongre Medicine Maharashtra
  39. Shri Chandraprakash Dwivedi Art Rajasthan
  40. Shri Dhaneswar Engti Literature and Education Assam
  41. Shri Om Prakash Gandhi Social Work Haryana
  42. Shri Narasimha Rao Garikapati Literature and Education Andhra Pradesh
  43. Shri Girdhari Ram Ghonju (Posthumous) Literature and Education Jharkhand
  44. Shri Shaibal Gupta (Posthumous) Literature and Education Bihar
  45. Shri Narasingha Prasad Guru Literature and Education Odisha
  46. Shri Gosaveedu Shaik Hassan (Posthumous) Art Andhra Pradesh
  47. Shri Ryuko Hira Trade and Industry Japan
  48. Ms. Sosamma Iype Others – Animal Husbandry Kerala
  49. Shri Avadh Kishore Jadia Literature and Education Madhya Pradesh
  50. Ms. Sowcar Janaki Art Tamil Nadu
  51. Ms. Tara Jauhar Literature and Education Delhi
  52. Ms. Vandana Kataria Sports Uttarakhand
  53. Shri H R Keshavamurthy Art Karnataka
  54. Shri Rutger Kortenhorst Literature and Education Ireland
  55. Shri P Narayana Kurup Literature and Education Kerala
  56. Ms. Avani Lekhara Sports Rajasthan
  57. Shri Moti Lal Madan Science and Engineering Haryana
  58. Shri Shivnath Mishra Art Uttar Pradesh
  59. Dr. Narendra Prasad Misra (Posthumous) Medicine Madhya Pradesh
  60. Shri Darshanam Mogilaiah Art Telangana
  61. Shri Guruprasad Mohapatra (Posthumous) Civil Service Delhi
  62. Shri Thavil Kongampattu A V Murugaiyan Art Puducherry
  63. Ms. R Muthukannammal Art Tamil Nadu
  64. Shri Abdul Khader Nadakattin Others – Grassroots Innovation Karnataka
  65. Shri Amai Mahalinga Naik Others – Agriculture Karnataka
  66. Shri Tsering Namgyal Art Ladakh
  67. Shri A K C Natarajan Art Tamil Nadu
  68. Shri V L Nghaka Literature and Education Mizoram
  69. Shri Sonu Nigam Art Maharashtra
  70. Shri Ram Sahay Panday Art Madhya Pradesh
  71. Shri Chirapat Prapandavidya Literature and Education Thailand
  72. Ms. K V Rabiya Social Work Kerala
  73. Shri Anil Kumar Rajvanshi Science and Engineering Maharashtra
  74. Shri Sheesh Ram Art Uttar Pradesh
  75. Shri Ramachandraiah Art Telangana
  76. Dr. Sunkara Venkata Adinarayana Rao Medicine Andhra Pradesh
  77. Ms. Gamit Ramilaben Raysingbhai Social Work Gujarat
  78. Ms. Padmaja Reddy Art Telangana
  79. Guru Tulku Rinpoche Others – Spiritualism Arunachal Pradesh
  80. Shri Brahmanand Sankhwalkar Sports Goa
  81. Shri Vidyanand Sarek Literature and Education Himachal Pradesh
  82. Shri Kali Pada Saren Literature and Education West Bengal
  83. Dr. Veeraswamy Seshiah Medicine Tamil Nadu
  84. Ms. Prabhaben Shah Social Work Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu
  85. Shri Dilip Shahani Literature and Education Delhi
  86. Shri Ram Dayal Sharma Art Rajasthan
  87. Shri Vishwamurti Shastri Literature and Education Jammu and Kashmir
  88. Ms. Tatiana Lvovna Shaumyan Literature and Education Russia
  89. Shri Siddhalingaiah (Posthumous) Literature and Education Karnataka
  90. Shri Kaajee Singh Art West Bengal
  91. Shri Konsam Ibomcha Singh Art Manipur
  92. Shri Prem Singh Social Work Punjab
  93. Shri Seth Pal Singh Others – Agriculture Uttar Pradesh
  94. Ms. Vidya Vindu Singh Literature and Education Uttar Pradesh
  95. Baba Iqbal Singh Ji Social Work Punjab
  96. Dr. Bhimsen Singhal Medicine Maharashtra
  97. Shri Sivananda Others – Yoga Uttar Pradesh
  98. Shri Ajay Kumar Sonkar Science and Engineering Uttar Pradesh
  99. Ms. Ajita Srivastava Art Uttar Pradesh
  100. Sadguru Brahmeshanand Acharya Swami Others – Spiritualism Goa
  101. Dr. Balaji Tambe (Posthumous) Medicine Maharashtra
  102. Shri Raghuvendra Tanwar Literature and Education Haryana
  103. Dr. Kamlakar Tripathi Medicine Uttar Pradesh
  104. Ms. Lalita Vakil Art Himachal Pradesh
  105. Ms. Durga Bai Vyam Art Madhya Pradesh
  106. Shri Jyantkumar Maganlal Vyas Science and Engineering Gujarat
  107. Ms. Badaplin War Literature and Education Meghalaya

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