: Adyar Cancer institute chairperson Dr. V. Shanta has been chosen for the Avvaiyar award for the year 2013 in recognition of her contribution to cancer treatment.
According to an official release, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa would present the award to Dr. Shanta on the occasion of the International Women’s Day at the secretariat here on Friday. The award carries a gold medal, prize money of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation.
The award was constituted by the Chief Minister last year to recognise exemplary work and yeomen service of women in different fields.
In a statement, Ms. Jayalalithaa conveyed her greetings to all women and said the International Women’s Day was to showcase the excellence of women to the world. She said her government was implementing various welfare schemes for the development of women.