Former Union Cabinet minister Pawan Kumar Bansal presented 15 girls from the tricity,who have made a mark for themselves in their respective fields,with the Girl Star Awards on Sunday. The awardees,who are actors,sports persons and those involved in social work,were given the awards at a function at Tagore Theatre.
The awards were an initiative of KB DAV Senior Secondary School,Sector 7 in collaboration with GC Mishra Educational and Charitable Trust and NGO Yuvsatta.
Among the girls who received the award was city girl Wamiqa Gabbi,who played the lead in the recently released film Sixteen,Anjum Moudgil,an international-level shooter and Jaspreet Kaur Rishi,a Class XI student of Carmel Convent School,who represented the under-19 football team in the Asian Football Championship at Malaysia.
On the occasion,Pawan Kumar Bansal said,In these girl stars,there exists an immense possibility of a positive future,where in they will bring more bouquets of appreciation,not only for the city but for the whole nation.
One of the girl stars,Aishna Vashisth,National Bal Shree awardee,2010,is not only hearing-impaired but also has a speech problem. Despite this,her Bharatanatyam performances speak volumes about her creativity. Apart from western and folk dances,she has a flare for painting,which has won her several accolades.
Aishna,who also excels in gymnastics and also has state-level achievements to her credit,has earlier been honoured by Chandigarh Social Welfare Department on Womens Day in 2011.
Meanwhile,Balwinder Kaur Noori,who lost her vision at the age of 19,became a successful athlete and won the silver and bronze medals in the National games for Blind in December 2010 at Panchkula. She has 14 gold,four silver and one bronze medals to her credit,besides being a dancer who was selected for a reality dance show as well.
Another awardee,Shrishti Asthana,a Class XI student of The Millenniumm School,Mohali is the only Indian student to have made it to the finals of the Google Science Fair,2013,for her project on Solar power-assisted green technique for degradation of detergents. Also,she stood first in the National Talent Search Examination in Punjab.
Jaswinder Kaur,pursuing MSc in Zoology from Panjab University,lives in a gurudwara and pays her fees by taking tuitions. She lost her father a few years ago,while her mother works as a peon.
Jaswinder,who wanted to become a doctor,but could not fulfil her dreams owing to financial constraints,is now taking coaching classes for the civil services exams.
Komal Kohli Saxena,Pragati Trikha,Anu Yadav,Namrata Singh,Ishita Uppal,Sonal Asgotraa and Manveen Sarna were among the other awardees at the function,where Bansal presented hygiene kits,which had 15 items of daily use,procured by Yuvsatta 50 girls from Bapu Dham Colony.