“Life's aspirations come in the guise of children.” - Rabindranath Tagore
While the well-being of our children is imperative for national development, it should be deemed as an end in itself. It is the responsibility of the country to provide adequate opportunity and support for the holistic growth and development of children as mandated by the Constitution of India. The Government of India acknowledges children as one of the most important partners in nation-building. Their hopes and aspirations are to be acknowledged and their achievements are to be rewarded.
Although every child is precious and his or her achievements have to be appreciated, there are some whose achievements will serve as an inspiration to many others. Towards this end, the Bal Shakti Puraskar is given by the Government of India every year to recognize exceptional achievements of our children in various fields i.e., innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts & culture, sports and bravery. Also, to recognize the contribution of dedicated individuals and institutions, whose tireless efforts complement the actions taken by the Government of India for the welfare of children, the Bal Kalyan Puraskar was instituted and is given in two categories - Individual and Institution.
Any child with an exceptional achievement in the fields of innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts & culture, sports and bravery can apply for the award. Also, any person who knows about a meritorious achievement by a child can recommend this child for the award. A high-level committee selects the winners after careful consideration of each application.