The 23-year-old Malayali bagged a silver medal in Birmingham in the early hours on Friday.
Chopra won the silver and ended India's 19-year-long wait for a medal at the World Championships.
A medal in athletics on the global stage seemed beyond the Indians till a few years ago. The greatness of Chopra is that he has proved that a medal is very much a reality when he's in the fray
A medal in the final would have made Sreeshankar the first Indian man to bag one at World Athletics Championships.
Anju won the long jump bronze medal in the 2003 Paris Worlds, while Kapil's Devils upset the West Indies as the country won the ODI World Cup for the first time in 1983.
Kerala duo of Ancy Sojan and Nayana James missed out on gold after Aishwarya's impressive 6.73m effort.
The 26-year-old long jumper has been in fine form winning the gold in the Federation Cup and Indian GP 4.
Speaking at the two-day Annual General Meeting of the AFI, Anju, the country's lone World Championships medallist, said many of the banned drugs being used, have been brought by athletes caught for doping originated from abroad.
The award was a recongnition for her efforts in advancing the sport in India as well as inspiring more women to follow in her footsteps.
The 75-year-old coach has been moulding international and national jumpers for more than four decades.