As many as 10 women were given Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards for Women at PGI’s Bhargava Auditorium in Chandigarh on Sunday. They were honoured for their contribution in their respective fields by the Punjab Engineering College Old Boys’ Association (PECOBA).
Chief guest Bansari Lal Chawla gave away the awards. The awardees included Amar Noorie for her contribution to Punjabi music, stand-up comedian Bharti Singh, Dr Dalip Kaur Tiwana for Punjabi literature and Gurmeet Bawa for keeping alive the folk music.
The award for promotion of art, culture and education was announced for Manveen Sandhu (posthumously), the founder of ‘Saanjh-Amritsar-Lahore Festival, who had died in a road accident last month. The award was received by her daughter Dr Kirat Sandhu.
Namita Singh was awarded for excellence in architecture. Geetika Jakhar, Manjeet Kaur and Ranjit Singh received the awards in the field of sports. A special ‘PECOBA Award of the Year’ was presented to Madan Lal Singla for his outstanding contribution to aerospace engineering. He was the brain behind country’s Moon Impact Probe of Chandrayaan-1 Mission.
Tributes were paid to late astronaut Kalpana Chawla on her sixth death anniversary. It was followed by a musical journey on her life, titled ‘Kalpana Ki Udaan, Naari Ka Samman’. The songs ‘Chand ke par chalo’ to ‘Zindagi ye safar hai suhana’’ won many hearts.
The audio-visual presentation was produced and directed by Amarjit Singh Kolhi, chairman of Sakha and general secretary of the PECOBA.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had sent a letter paying homage to Kalpana Chawla. The function was inaugurated by Chandra Mohan, chairman, Board of Governors, PEC.