Deputy Director-General of Military Nursing Service Brig S V Saraswati has been bestowed with the National Florence Nightingale Award 2020. President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the award in a virtual ceremony for her immense contribution to the MNS as a nurse administrator, Ministry of Defence said on 20 September 2021.


  1. National Florence Nightingale Award is the highest national distinction a nurse can achieve for selfless devotion and exceptional professionalism.
  2. Brig Saraswati hails from the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and was commissioned into the MNS on 28 December 1983.
  3. She has served in the MNS for more than three and half decades, especially in perioperative nursing.