Madhya Pradesh/ Bhopal’s Riya Jain, Age 16 years … 8 international, 20 national and over 150 awards, now will get Bal Shakti Puraskar in Delhi

Bhopal: After winning more than 135 awards in painting writing, speaking and many more, the all-rounder talent, Riya Jain of St Joseph Co-ed, Bhopal, will be felicitated with India’s biggest award for children, Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puruskar, by President Ramnath Kovind on January 22.

After the prize ceremony, Riya Jain will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 24. She will also participate in the Republic Day Parade on January 26, along with the other 25 awardees of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Sahitya Puruskar. 

This award is given to children for their exceptional achievements in innovation, scholastic, sports, arts, culture, social, service, music or any other field which deserves recognition. A total of 26 children are selected for this award, and Riya is the only person nominated for this award from the state. 

Riya Jain has won 8 international awards, and the prodigy has met high dignitaries from Chief Minister, Forest Minister to Governor. The little girl has won 20 national and as many as 150 awards.

Ranging from painting competitions to essay writing, elocution, and karate, Riya has outshone in every competition, be it district level competitions to international level contest. She has been the winner of the International Picasso Art Contest during the last three consecutive years. 

Black belt in Karate, Riya also made an innovative multipurpose umbrella, which was widely appreciated by everyone. Her voyage of painting began from Jawahar Bal Bhawan. After making her parents proud of her achievements, Riya is also making paintings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his mother to gift him in the meeting. 

Riya said that with the support from parents Shreyansh Jain and Rajni and school teachers, she was able to participate in such competitions. When asked about her future plans, she said that after completing her school education, she is planning to go for drone designing, mechanical engineering, or NID (National Institute of Design).