The Hindi writers, teachers, media persons and Hindi organizations working for the promotion of Hindi in UK were honoured by the High Commissioner of India, London H.E. Shri Y.K. Sinha and the Governor of West Bengal, H.E. Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi in a glittering award function named UK Hindi Samman Samaroh 2017, organized at the High Commission of India, London today. Apart from Dr. Hari Om, the Culture Secretary of UP Government, MS Smita Pareekh from Mumbai and Arun Maheshwari, the publisher of Vaani Prakashan India, more than two hundred people were present on this occasion. Welcoming the guests, Mr. A.S. Rajan, the minister(coordination) said that this function is a recognition to the importance of the work being done by Hindi Lovers and those who are working for the promotion of Hindi in England. Prominent Hindi writers, journalists, media persons and socialites attended the event in which following Hindi Writers, Teachers, Journalists and Organizations were felicitated.
For the year 2015:
- Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan UK Hindi literary award: Shri Shyam Manohar Pandey.
- John Gilchrist UK Hindi Shikshan Samman : Dr. Aruna Ajitsaria
- Acharya Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi Award for Journalism : Dr Vijay Rana
- Frederick Pincott UK award for dedication to Hindi Propagation: Indian Community Centre, Belfast.
For the year 2016:
- Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan UK Hindi literary award: Shri Pran Sharma.
- John Gilchrist UK Hindi Shikshan Samman: Mrs. Surekha Chopala.
- Acharya Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi Award for Journalism: Ms. Ambar Anu.
- Frederick Pincott UK award for dedication to Hindi Propagation: International Hindi Society, UK.
The above four awards consist of Cash Prize, Shield, Shawl and Citation.
Apart from this, Mrs. Kadambari Mehra for her book Chai ki kahani and Mrs. Tithi Daani Dhoble for her poetry collection Prarthanrat Battakhen were given a grant of Pounds Two Hundred and fifty each and a Citation under Dr. Laxmi Mall Singhavi Sahity Prakashan Anudaan Yojana of the High Commission of India, London for publication of Hindi books.
Speaking on this occasion the High Commissioner of India H.E. Y.K. Sinha appreciated the work being done by Hindi Writers and Hindi Lovers and emphasized the need to teach Hindi to the children to inculcate Indian culture in them. The Governor of West Bengal H.E. Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi also appreciated the initiatives being taken by the High Commission to promote Hindi. The event was compered by Attaché (Hindi and Culture) Mr. Tarun.