Mumbai: Batting genius Sachin Tendulkar and I T wizard Dr Vijay Bhatkar were conferred Maharastra's most prestigious civilian on Wednesday by Chief Minister Vilasrao Desmukh at a simple ceremony held at Rang Bhavan in south Mumbai.
At the age of 28 Tendulkar became the youngest recipient when he received the "Maharashtra Bhushan Puruskar" for the year 2000-01. Bhatkar, the brain behind India's supercomputer "Param", has bagged the award for 1999-2000. The award carries a scroll, memento and Rupees five lakhs.
An emotional Sachin said that he was missing his father without whose guidance he wouldn't have been where he is today. He also went onto thank his coach Ramakant Achrekar, Sunil Gavaskar and his family.
Bhatkar said he wanted to put Marathi at par with English on the computers and appealed the government to make efforts to take the I T benefits to the common man.
Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal suggested that both Bhatkar and Tendulkar be conferred with Bharat Ratna.