On 5th March 2021, KGiSL Educational Institutions celebrated women in leadership by honouring eminent doyennes responsible for driving remarkable achievements in their fields. Inaugurated in 2020, the Smt. Divyalakshmi Awards endeavours to carry the torch forward every year by recognizing and commending distinguished women achievers for their compelling contributions to society. Ringing in the International Women’s Day this year, KGiSL Educational Institutions conferred the Smt. Divyalakshmi Award upon seven esteemed personalities.
The awards were presented to Padma Shri R. Pappammal, the oldest living legend in organic farming, Major Divya Ajith Kumar, Corps of Army Air Defense (AAD), Dr. N. Valarmathi, project director of RISAT-1 by ISRO, Ms. Pragya Prasun, founder at Atijeevan Foundation & acid attack survivor, Dr. Thara Srinivasan, co-founder & vice chairman of Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), Ms. Karpagam Mayavan, the only visually-impaired advocate at Madras High Court, and Ms. Kalki Subramaniam, transgender rights activist, artist, actress, writer, inspirational speaker, & entrepreneur.
The Smt. Divyalakshmi Awards was launched in fond remembrance of Mrs. Divyalakshmi Ashok, the late Founder-Director of KGiSL, and spouse of Dr. Ashok Bakthavathsalam, to felicitate self-made women achievers in and around India.