The Uttar Pradesh Government has instituted several awards in different fields such as Vishwa Bharti Award, Maharishi Valmiki Award, Maharishi Vyas Award, Maharishi Narada Award, Ved Pandit Award, Vishesh Award, Vividh Award and Namit Award.
Vishwa Bharti Award:
Vishwa Bharti Award is the highest award instituted by the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Sansthan, which is an autonomous institution under Language Department of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. It is awarded to leading contributors of International/National fame in the field of literature in Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit. The award carries a prize money of Rs 5,01,000/- (Rs 5 lakh and one thousand).
The 2017 Vishwa Bharti Award was presented to Dr. Keshavrao Sadasiva Shastri Musalgaonkar, a Sanskrit scholar from Ujjain.
The previous recipients of the award include:
2009 : Prof. Adya Prasad (Allahabad)
2010 : Prof. Vashishtha Tripathi (Allahabad)
2011 : Prof. Kishor Nath Jha (Madhubani, Bihar)
2012 : Dr. Girdhar Lal Mishra (Varanasi)
2013 : Dr. Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi (Varanasi )
2014 ; Acharya Ram Yatna Shukla
2015 : Prof. Abhiraj Rajendra Mishra
2016 : Jagannath Pathak
Maharshi Valmiki Award:
Maharshi Valmiki Award is given to such renowned scholars who have achieved National/International fame for creativity in Sanskrit Literature and for promotion of Sanskrit Literature through poetry and drama. The award carries a prize money of Rs 2,01,000/-
The 2017 Maharishi Valmiki Award was given to Dr. Prashanthmitra Shastri of Rae Bareli and Prof. Maharishi Vyas of Allahabad.
Vishisht Awards are given to those candidates who have served for the promotion and development of Sanskrit Language in the World of Sanskrit for 20 years or those who have effectively contributed in the social utilization of Sanskrit through Sanskrit Conferences, Seminar and Speeches. The award is given annually to five candidates. The award carries a prize mony of Rs 1,01,000/-