Two awardees – Gaurav Kawduji Sahastrabuddhe, 15, of Maharashtra and Shivansh Singh, 13, of Uttar Pradesh – were honoured posthumously. Their mothers received the award from the President.
The awardees said they were very happy to receive the honour and would continue to serve society and the country.
Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel told that he dreams of joining the army after completing education as “serving the nation is my dream”.
“I think we should continue to serve our country in whatever way we can,” he said.
The bravehearts will participate in the Republic Day parade on Rajpath on January 26.