Ms Munuswamy Shanthi, a scientist at SHAR, Sriharikota was conferred with Nari Shakti Puraskar. She is a notable woman scientist/engineer (SG-Meteorology & Wind Profiler instrumentation and range operations). Some of her most noteworthy work include commissioning the first Telecommand station at Port Blair in 2014. Ms Shanthi designed a mobile wind profiler and played a critical role in handling real time space craft anomalies thus avoiding contingency and fatalities.
Nari Shakti Puraskar (earlier known as Stree Shakti Puraskar), literally meaning “Woman Power Award”, is India’s highest civilian award for recognising the achievements and contributions of women. The awards are given away by the President of India every year on March 8, International Women’s Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
The Nari Shakti Puraskar is conferred on individual women, public and private institutions and public departments for their activism and/ or their contributions to the cause of women’s empowerment. The award, instituted in the year 1999 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, is given in six institutional categories and two individual categories. The award carries a cash prize of rupees one lakh and a citation.