The annual Gold Award Ceremony was organised by the National Award Authority on 12th July 2013 at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The function started on an exuberant note with a music performance by the band (which included Award participants) from G D Goenka World School, Gurgaon. Presiding over the ceremony were the Chief Guest Hari Dang (Padma Shri), Himmat Kalsia (Chairman, Award Programme Foundation) and Sanat Kaul (Managing Trustee, Award Programme Foundation). Kapil Bhalla (National Director) welcomed the Gold Awardees’ and guests and presented a report on the progress of IAYP India. He encouraged the Gold Awardees to continue their association with the Award by volunteering and participating in Award events.
The Chief Guest, Hari Dang gave an inspirational speech describing his own Award experiences. He gave a glimpse of his impressions as one of the key member of the core team that introduced the Award in India in 1962 at The Doon School, Dehradun. He motivated the Gold Awardees, telling them that they were now equipped to respond to the expectations of society and they should work towards the betterment of society.
After his speech, 78 Award Participants were awarded the Gold Award. Along with this 18 Award Leaders and Volunteers too were rewarded with a Meritorious Certificate of Recognition for their ‘Special, Valuable and Outstanding’ services to the Award in India. The Chief Guest and the National Director interacted with the Awardees who came up to the stage. A small token of appreciation was also given to the Volunteers who helped organising this big event. The ceremony concluded with a few words of thanks and appreciation by the Chairman, Himmat Kalsia.
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