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Lilavati Award-2020

  • 20 Nov 2020
  • 3 min read

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Recently, the Union Minister of Education virtually launched the Lilavati Award-2020.

Key Points

  • About:
    • The award has been named after the 12th century book called “Lilavati”. The book was written by the mathematician Bhaskara II.
      • Lilavati was the daughter of Indian Mathematician Bhaskara II.
    • It is AICTE's (All India Council for Technical Education) Innovative education program to empower women.
    • All the stakeholders (especially the girl students) in AICTE approved institutions would get an opportunity to present a solution to the prevalent issues of gender discrimination, such as illiteracy, unemployment, economic and nutritional disparities, maternal mortality, human rights, etc.
  • Theme: Women Empowerment
  • Objective: To create awareness about issues like sanitation, hygiene, health, nutrition, literacy, employment, technology, credit, marketing, innovation, skill development, natural resources and rights among women.
  • Areas Covered: Women's health, self defense, sanitation, literacy, entrepreneurship and legal awareness.
  • Benefit: Ensures the participation of women and enables them to hold higher positions in educational institutions.
  • Prize: In each sub-category, the top three winners will be awarded 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.
  • Other government initiatives for the welfare of girl child and women:
    • Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana: It is a small saving scheme under the Government of India which focuses on encouraging the parents of the female child for building a fund for their future education and marriage expenses.
    • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: The scheme is aimed at promoting gender equality and the significance of educating girls.
    • CBSE Udaan: It is aimed at promoting girl education and addressing the issue of lowering of girl enrollment rates in engineering colleges in the nation. It is going to provide a platform for empowerment of girl students and will provide better learning opportunities for them.
    • Smart India Hackathon: It is a nationwide initiative to provide students (with a minimum one woman in the team of six) a platform to solve some of the pressing problems of daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving.


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