The country has been honouring individuals and institutions with this award since 1977
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has presented the Independence Award—the country's highest state honour—to 12 personalities and one organization, in recognition of their remarkable contributions to the nation.
The premier presented the awards at a function held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Monday.
The recipients of the award in the Liberation War and Independence category are: martyred intellectual Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury, and martyred ATM ZafarAlam, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, former Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Dr Kazi Misbahun Nahar, the late Prof Abdul Khaleque, and the late Prof Mohammad Khaled.
Brigadier General Dr Nurunnahar Fatema Begum received the award in Medical Science, while Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad received it for Social Service, Murtaja Bashir in Culture, Hasan Azizul Haque in Literature, and Prof Dr Hasina Khan in Research and Training.
The Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) received the award in the Science and Technology category.
Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam conducted the function and read out the citations of the Independence Award recipients with their brief life sketches.
Each award recipient received a medal weighing 50 grams made out of 18 carat gold, along with Tk3 lakh and a citation.
Since 1977, Bangladesh has been honouring individuals and institutions with this award every year ahead of Independence Day on Mar 26.