In a bid to promote excellence in the fields of science and technology, as also cultural pursuits, the Kamal Kumari National Awards were instituted in 1990 by the Kamal Kumari Foundation. The Award for Culture is given to individuals and groups in India for outstanding contribution to
Literature, Education, Fine Arts and Performing Arts. Recipients of the
Kamal Kumari National Award for Culture so far have been Sobha Brahma, Sankha Ghosh, Nilmani Phookan, Sisir Kumar Das, Mamoni Roisom Goswami, Amita Malik, Achyut
Lahkar, Navakanta Barua, Maharaj Kumari
Binodini Devi & Jahnu Barua.
The Award for Science and Technology is given to
individuals or groups for outstanding contribution
in the fields of Science and Technology. The recipients for the Kamal Kumari National Award for Science and Technology so far have been
C. N. R.. Rao, S.P. Thyagarajan, Sarbeswar Bujarbarua, Dilip Kumar Choudhury, T.S.R. Prasada Rao,
Lakshmidhar Satpathy, R.A. Mashelkar, Vibha
Dhawan, Samir Bhattacharya & Jitendra Nath
In 1999 the Foundation instituted the Siva Prasad Barooah
National Award for journalism to promote news-media
excellence. The first recipient of this Award
was the Assam Tribune, the oldest and outstanding English newspaper in the
North-East and subsequently Sanjoy Hazarika,
Dhirendra Nath Bezboruah, Teesta Setalvad
& Prannoy Roy.
Each of the Awards consists
of a trophy, a citation and Rs. 1 lakh in cash.