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R. Ravi Kannan Wins Ramon Magsaysay Award 2023

  • 04 Sep 2023
  • 2 min read

Source: TH

Why in News?

Recently, Surgical oncologist Padma Shri Dr R. Ravi Kannan, Director of the Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (CCHRC) in Assam, received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2023.

  • He won the award for revolutionising the treatment of cancer in Assam through his people-centered and pro-poor programmes (offering free treatment, food, lodging, and employment for caregivers).

What are the Key Facts About the Ramon Magsaysay Award?

  • About:
    • Established in 1957 as Asia's highest honour and premier prize.
    • It celebrates individuals who demonstrate exceptional spirit in serving the people of Asia, regardless of their background.
    • The award is presented annually on August 31st, which coincides with the birthday of Ramon Magsaysay, the third president of the Republic of the Philippines, who inspired its creation.
    • Awardees are presented with a certificate, a medallion with an embossed image of Ramon Magsaysay and a cash prize.
    • The award is internationally recognised as the Nobel Prize counterpart of Asia.
  • Categories of Recognition:
    • The award initially featured six categories, including “Government Service”, “Public Service”, “Community Leadership”, “Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts”, “Peace and International Understanding”, and “Emergent Leadership”.
    • However, post-2009, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is no longer being given in fixed Award categories, except for Emergent Leadership.

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