Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award for distinguished services has been awarded to two prominent people from the state - Pullela Gopichand in sports category (badminton) and Dr Anumolu Ramakrishna in science and engineering this year. Ramakrishna has been given the award posthumously.
Padma Shri has been awarded to seven people and they are Mohamad Ali Baig (Art, Theatre), Dr Rama Rao Anumolu (Social Work), Dr Malapaka Yajneswara Satyanarayana Prasad (Science and Engineering), Dr Govindan Sundararajan Science and Engineering) and Ravi Kumar Narra (Trade and Industry), Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah (Medicine-Surgery) and Prof Kolakaluri Enoch (Literature and Education).
Anumolu Ramakrishna: Former deputy managing director of L&T, hailed as visionary engineer by his peers, Anuolu Ramakrishna was born on December 20, 1939. Considered a pioneer in application of pre-cast and pre-stressed construction techniques, Ramakrishna was the vice-chairman of Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC). He died on August 20, 2013.
Mohamad Ali Baig: He is an Indian theatre personality and ad film maker. He is the founder of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival held in Hyderabad and son of noted theatre personality Qadir Ali Baig.
Dr Govinda Sundararajan: Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI). Reciepient of Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar prize, he has made outstanding contributions to materials engineering.
Ravi Kumar Narra: The 49-year old industrialist is a multi-faceted personality and described by his admirers as the mirror of Dalit empowerment having rose from the most deprived background to earn recognition as a business entrepreneur, a social activist. Ravi is the coordinator for Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) in south India.
Dr Sarbeswar Sahariah: An authority on renal transplantation, Sarbeswar was born on Apri 1l, 1945 at Mangaldai, Darrang district of Assam. He was also associated with the first successful renal transplantation at PGI, Chandigarh in 1973. He headed Organ Transplantation Centre at Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad which he joined in 1981. He performed the first successful renal transplant operation in Andhra Pradesh in May 1981 and since then has performed more than 3,000 such operations.
Kolakaluri Enoch: Noted writer, social activist and former vice-chancellor of Sri Venkateswara University was born on July 1, 1939 in a poor Madiga (SC) family of Vejendla, Guntur district. He started his career as college lecturer and rose to prominence as writer, university administrator and social worker. Through has many works, he championed the cause of Dalits.
Anumolu Sri Rama Rao: Anumolu Sri Rama Rao has been selected for Padma Shri award for his social work. Being a medical doctor, he also received Dr BC Roy National Award in 1995.
Rama Rao (74) has treated more than 2,70,900 patients by conducting thousands of free medical camps. He also worked as the president of the Indian Medical Association, Vijayawada unit, during 2010-11. His father Sheshagiri Rao worked as sarpanch for Punadipadu village in Krishna district.