The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities and colleges to submit recommendations for Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards-2021 to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
In a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of all universities and Principals of all colleges/ institutes, the UGC has asked to submit character and antecedents verification certificate for each case recommended.
It may be noted that the recommendations for Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards for the year 2021 are to be sent latest by September 30, 2021.
The Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards are given for meritorious acts of humane nature in saving the life of a person in incidents like drowning, accidents, fire incidents, electrocution, landslides, animal attack and rescue operation in mines and others.
As the name of the award suggests, the award is given to a rescuer for saving someone's life. It is given in the following three categories:
- 1. Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak- awarded for conspicuous courage in saving life under circumstances of very great danger to the life of the rescuer.
2. Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak- awarded for courage and promptitude in saving life under circumstances of great danger to the life of the rescuer.
3. Jeevan Raksha Padak- awarded for courage and promptitude in saving life under circumstances of grave bodily injury to the rescuer.
“It may be noted that the recommendations for this award are considered by the Awards Committee within a period of two years from the date of performance of the gallant act. Therefore, for the year 2021, any recommendation in respect of which the date of performance of the act falls prior to 1st October 2019 should not be forwarded to this Ministry for consideration, “the UGC letter read.
The recommendations for the Jeevan Raksha Padak series of Awards can also be sent through the online portal designed by Ministry of Home Affairs.
The recommendations should contain all relevant details specified in the format available on the above website, including a citation in narrative form (maximum 200 words), clearly bringing out the sequence-wise details of the incident.