NEW DELHI: Freedom fighter and educationist Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya was conferred the India’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna by President Pranab Mukherjee in the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday.

The award was given to the family of the educationist for Malviya’s outstanding work in education field and for the struggle for country’s freedom.

Born on December 25, 1861 in Allahabad, Pandit Malviya was the founder of Banaras Hindi University (BHU) and Hindu Mahasabha. He was also a social reformer and a successful Parliamentarian. 

The President also presented the Padma Vibhushan award to the Bharatiya Janata Party veteran leader LK Advani and Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal.

Earlier on Friday, former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee was awarded the Bharat Ratna by President Pranab Mukherjee at his residence.