The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) launched the Lilavati Award to acknowledge efforts undertaken to empower women in the country. The award was launched by the Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank via a virtual conference.

The Lilavati Award is an initiative of the AICTE, and it aims to recognize efforts by AICTE-approved institutions to treat women with ‘equality and fairness’. The theme of this award is women empowerment and it aims to use ‘traditional Indian values’ to raise awareness on issues such as sanitation, hygiene, health and nutrition. It also aims to create awareness about issues like literacy, employment, technology, credit, marketing, innovation, skill development, natural resources, and rights among women.

The award will be given to individuals and institutes affiliated with AICTE on their contribution in the area of women empowerment. It will be given in sub-themes namely women’s health, literacy, self-defense, legal awareness, self-defense, and sanitation and hygiene. The application process has been started and interested can apply till December 31. Teams can apply based on their work undertaken in the last two years. The team will comprise five people with at least two women members. The applications can be sent in form of a short video clip explaining the work done in any sub-themes. The entries will be evaluated by a committee.

In each sub-category, the top three winners will be award with certificates as well as prize money. The first prize winner will get Rs. 1 lakh, the second winner will get Rs. 75,000 and the third winner will get Rs. 50,000. During the conference, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said, “If you educate a man, you educate a person but if we educate a woman, you educate an entire generation”.