Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and AIIMS Director P Venugopal were among nine persons who were on Saturday conferred the prestigious Swami Vivekananda National Award for their contribution in different fields.
Azad was conferred the Swami Vivekanada National Award for statemanship for promoting unity in the country while Venugopal was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for taking medical services to rural India.
The chief minister, who has launched a crusade against corruption in his state, said the award symbolised truth and peace.
Azad asked the country's youth to strictly adhere to the principles of Vivekananda, whose teachings were not only relevant to them but to the entire world as they would ensure peace.
The awards were presented by former union minister and veteran Congress leader Karan Singh.
Management guru Pritam Singh was another recipient of Life Time Achievement Award constituted by the Ramkrishna Vivekananda International Foundation.
While former union minister Mohan Dharia was given the award in the philanthrophy category, the award for corporate leadership was conferred on Power Finance Corporation Chairman VK Garg.
Other recipients were Orchid Group of Hotels Chairman Vittal K Mittal (entreprenuership), Pune University Vice Chancellor Narendra Jadhav (macro-economic development), Raju Davis Parepadan of Kerala and Krishan Nigam of Benares (education).