*With the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee & Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Nitish Kumar- launch of National Rail Vikas Yojana
*Release of Sandeep Silas’ first book, Discover India by Rail, by the then Hon’ble Home Minister Shri L K Advani, then Hon’ble Tourism Minister Shri Ananth Kumar & Hon’ble Shri Vijay Goel at Red Fort, New Delhi
*Sandeep Silas made the world’s first-ever Science Exhibition on Rail, the “VIGYAN RAIL”, flagged-off on an year long journey on December 15, 2003 by the then Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
ISRO news on Vigyan Rail: http://www.isro.gov.in/hi/node/925
*1st Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on marketing of Scouting (1999), Brisbane, Australia
*Letter of Appreciation (2010) by Dean of Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA
*Participation in Republic Day Tableaux (2001-2004)
*Sandeep Silas is the only officer in entire Indian Railways who has won the Bronze, the Silver and the Gold Trophy in a row for making imaginative and interesting Railway Tableaux for India’s Republic Day Parade!
Sandeep Silas as Director, Information & Publicity won the Best Pavillion Award from International Trade Promotion Organization, ITPO (Ministry of Commerce, GOI) for Indian Railways
*British Chevening Scholar at Manchester Business School, UK (2002-2003)
*Silver Star Award by Bharat Scouts & Guides (2001), India
*Silver Elephant, Highest Scouts & Guides National Award (2005-2006), India, conferred by H. E. The President of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
*Course in TV Production (2000)
*Distinguished Service Award (1998) by Northern Railways
*Management in Government Award (1994)
*Sandeep Silas awarded the Master of Public Administration degree with distinction and honour (2007-2008) from Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York, USA
*Leadership Breakthroughs Programme (2012), Dubai
*Systemic Leadership Programme (2012), London, UK
*First-ever International Award on Inter-cultural Leadership (2014), UK, to Sandeep Silas
Richard Everitt, Director Education & Society British Council presenting the First-ever Inter-cultural Leadership Award to Sandeep Silas, Feb 28, 2015; in picture Vishu Sharma
*Meritorious Service Award (MRs Award 2002), Highest in-service award, conferred by Indian Railways’
*150th Year of Railways in India was an imaginative programme conceived and implemented by Sandeep Silas as Director, Information & Publicity, Ministry of Railways
*Bholu The Guard, Mascot of Indian Railways, brain-child of Sandeep Silas
*First-ever Commemorative & Currency Coin in the 163 years history of ‘Railways in India’ so far, was the new idea, design and contribution of Sandeep Silas
A journey from the birth of an idea, then its making and eventually release to the public…all by Sandeep Silas!
*National Gold Star Award (2005)
Digvijay Swarn Jayanti Samman conferred for contribution as Travel Writer and Poet by Digvijay Magazine- 2004
*Principal’s Medal at Railway Staff College (1992), Vadodara
*Sandeep Silas won the highest national media award, the Akashvani Annual Award 2000
*Sandeep Silas won the Public Service Broadcasting Award for Gandhian Philosophy 2001
*Rashtriya Hindi Academy, Rupambra Award (2003) to Sandeep Silas for promotion of Rajbhasha
*St. John’s College, Agra, Dramatic Society Awards (1978-1980)
*IBADAT-E-ISHQ (Worship of Love), Music Album brought out by TIMES MUSIC- a peace bridge of music project by Sandeep Silas ‘deep’ (Shayar, India) and Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan (Sufi Singer, Pakistan) !
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*Ambassador of Peace Award, January 14, 2014
Husan Ara Trust, India, conferred upon Sandeep Silas the “Ambassador of Peace Award” on Jan 14, 2014 at India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi for his work on peace bridging between communities and nations.
Union Ministers Hon’ble Shri K. Rehman Khan, Hon’ble Shri Farooq Abdullah and Honb’le Shri Oscar Fernandes jointly presented the award to Sandeep Silas!
*Sandeep Silas conferred the Dr. A. P. J. Kalam MOHABBAT AWARD (2015) for his work on peace and communal harmony by Uhas Group, New Delhi, India
*Sandeep Silas participated in the National Workshop of Central Board of Workers Education 2011
On February 19, 2017, the Maratha Sewa Sangh and Backward Minorities Front (non-political) organized a Public Felicitation Ceremony at AGRA (India) on the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti and conferred the Bharat Gaurav Samman (Pride of India Award) for remarkable and outstanding public service in governance!
First public award in hometown Agra !
These lovely people forever changed my concept of a public felicitation…
Reminded of the Song- Ye public hai, ye sab jaanti hai, ye public hai….. (The people know it all, nothing escapes their eyes!