City youth Shantanu Jagdale has bagged the National Youth Award for 2011-12 in recognition of his services in the social sector. President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the honour on him at a function held in New Delhi on Thursday, a release said.
An active supporter of social causes, Shantanu has been associated with different youth programmes conducted by Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK). He has also been instrumental in organising health camps and environmental awareness events among other activities, the release said.
National Youth Awards are conferred on youth every year for outstanding services in different fields of youth developmental activities and social service. The award comprises a silver medal, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 40,000 for individuals and Rs 2 lakh for voluntary organisations. The process of selection is in two phases, at the state level and the national level. The screening committee headed by the Joint Secretary scrutinises the proposals and either the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports or Secretary Youth Affairs and Sports takes a final call.
Tara Usman Mulla from Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur district of the state also won the National Youth Award for 2011-12 along with 26 other individuals across the country. Tara has been serving the society by spreading social messages and promoting culture and art heritage among youth through his short films. She also organises meetings and conferences for widows and children besides working on women empowerment programmes. West Bengal-based organisation won the award in voluntary organisation category, the release added.