Scientist Manas Bihari Varma on Friday expressed happiness for being conferred the Padma Shri award.
“This was surprising to me that President selected me for this honour. I felt extremely happy that someone recognised my work”, Varma said.
Earlier on Thursday, a total of 85 people belonging to various disciplines have been named for the Padma Awards in three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri – on the eve of Republic Day.
These awards will be conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind at the ceremonial functions which will be held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in March or April.