Param Vir Chakra (PVC) medal was designed by Savitri Khanolkar. She was wife of an Indian Army officer, Vikram Khanolkar of Sikh Regiment. Her mother was Hungranian and father was Russian.

Coincidentally, the first Param Vir Chakra was awarded to her son-in-law Lt Gen Surinder Nath Sharma’s (ENC) elder brother, Major Somnath Sharma for his bravery in the Kashmir operations in November 1947. He died while evicting Pakistani infiltrators and raiders from the Srinagar Airport, when India and newly formed Pakistan had the first war over the Kashmir issue.