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NEHU professor Badaplin War conferred Padma Shri 2022 

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Shillong, Jan 25: The President of India has approved the name of Badaplin War from Meghalaya for conferment of the Padma Shri award, India’s fourth highest civilian award, for contributions in the field of ‘Literature and Education’ for the year 2022.

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Badaplin War is a professor in the Khasi Department of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong.

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The Padma awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year, which are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year.

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Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field.

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As per the statement released by Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday, this year the President has approved conferment of 128 Padma Awards including 2 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one), which comprises of 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards. 34 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 13 Posthumous awardees.

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About Badaplin War

Prof. Badaplin War has done her PhD in Linguistics from the University of London, United Kingdom.

She joined the Department of Khasi, NEHU as Lecturer in 1983 and promoted to Reader in 1996 and as Professor in 2001. She taught Linguistic Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, NEHU (1994-1996). She taught General Linguistics, Morphology, Semantics in the Department of Linguistics, NEHU (1996-1998). She also taught two courses – Transformational Grammar and Language Policy in India in the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Shillong Regional Centre in 1995 and 2003.

She is the Founder President of ‘Society for Khasi Studies’ and a member of the Khasi Authors’ Society. She has written nine books and has several research papers on Khasi language and linguistics to her name.

Prof. War is also a member of the Main Committee set up by the Meghalaya government to look into the matters for inclusion of the Khasi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

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