In an episode entitled 'Untouchability: Dignity for All', Khan had discussed the experiences of India's manual scavengers who, even today, are regarded as 'untouchables' in Indian society.
Speaking about the honour at an event hosted by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, The Times of India reports that the Dhoom 3 star said: "I feel very special today. I am humbled with the kind of love, respect and support that you people have given to me.
"This honour is not just for me, but also for my team who worked so hard on the show that we were able to understand it and present it to all of you.
"When we decided to start Satyamev Jayate, we thought of bringing up issues which people usually don't talk about on public platforms. I felt bad to know that even after 65 years of independence, social discrimination is still prevalent. I felt so bad that I decided that I have to raise this issue in my show.
"People told me that this is a very sensitive issue and I can get caught in court cases, but I was adamant on bringing it on the show. I was really happy to see the response from people. I got so many emails and letters, especially from the younger generation, who said they felt bad about the current scenario and that they would work towards the welfare [of society]."
CEO of Star India Uday Shankar said that TV has an important role to play in creating awareness of social ills.
"I'm really thankful to people for this honour. Television is always considered to be a medium of entertainment, but we knew it was much more than that, it can also help create awareness, which we tried to do with the help of Satyamev Jayate. I thank everyone for giving us the courage to take it forward," said Shankar.
Khan, who made his TV debut with Satyamev Jayate, was recently featured on the cover of TIME magazine, which described him as "India's first superstar activist".
Cloud Atlas star Tom Hanks praised Khan recently, saying that he admired the actor for his work in India.