he National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement was instituted in 1996 to give recognition to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievements in the fields of innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts & culture and sports. A medal and a cash prize are given to each awardee. From the year 2018, the award has been renamed as the Bal Shakti Puraskar and achievements of children in the field of bravery are also acknowledged.

The National Child Welfare Awards were instituted in 1979 to give recognition to those who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of Child Development, Child Protection and Child Welfare. It is important to recognize such individuals and institutions as they help complement the efforts of the Government. From the year 2018, the award has been renamed as Bal Kalyan Puraskar. This Award is given in two categories - Individual and Institution. Three awards are given in each of these two categories along with cash prizes.