Indian Development Foundation honoured Dr. V. Shanta with the Mother Teresa Memorial Award 2013. The award, which included a statue of Mother Teresa, shawl and citation, was presented by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Founder Chairman of M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. He said, "The Ramon Magsaysay [Award Foundation] recognised her for her compassion and humanism. Her presence is a source of inspiration and guidance."