Veteran Congress leader Karan Singh was on Friday conferred with the prestigious Paulose Mar Gregorious Award for his contribution in promoting inter-faith dialogue and social reform.
The award was presented by President Pratibha Patil at a function here and described Singh as a "rare person with a number of rare qualities."
Singh, member of the erstwhile royal family of Jammu and Kashmir, was selected for his work towards promotion of inter-faith dialogue, social reform, culture and national integration.
The award was instituted by the Sophia Society in the memory of its founder, the late Dr Paulos Mar Gregorios, who was the first Bishop of the Delhi Diocese of the Indian Orthodox Church.
The award recognises the seminal contribution made by individuals in the promotion of inter-faith dialogue, as well as work in the fields of community self-renewal, education, public health, social justice, culture and peace.