Dr. Vijayalakshmi Balekundri, paediatric cardiologist, has been selected for the Dr. P.S. Shankar Vaidyashree Award, instituted by the Dr. P.S. Shankar Pratishthan.

This was announced by pratishthan secretary S.S. Hiremath, in a press release here.

Dr. Balekundri was first in the State to establish a treatment centre exclusively for children affected with cardiovascular problems. The award, carrying a purse of Rs. 10,000 and a citation, would be presented Dr. Balekundri at the 13th anniversary celebrations of the Dr. P.S. Shankar Pratishthan on January 1, 2013.

The pratishthan has selected Mysore-based Dr. V. Lakshminarayana for the Dr. P.S. Shankar Shresta Vaidya Sahitya Award for his book “Madhumeha–Dashavyadigala Moola”.

The award carries a purse of Rs. 5,000 and a commendation certificate, the release added.