June - July 2006
India International Foundation Second Annual Awards – 2005
International Foundation organised its Second Annual Awards – 2005
at the Radisson SAS Portman Hotel, London, on Friday, the 24th March this
year. Dr Ranjan Mathai, Deputy High Commissioner of India gave these awards
to Indians who have attained distinctions in different fields and one whose
total contributions brought pride to India.
From L : Ujjval Sehgal,
Kartick & Rajan Sehgal, Wamika, Shilpa,Khilna &Talan Shah(Qatar Air)
Pride of India Award : Lord Bhikhu Parekh:-Centennial Professor, London School
of Economics, MA from Bombay and Ph D from London. One of the most distinguished
Asians in the field of literature and education, leading Asian in Parliament,
Philanthropist and Scholar of Political & Social Studies. Vsiting Professor,
University of British Columbia 1968-69 and Concordia University 1974-75.Formerly
Professor, University of Hull, Vice Chancellor, Baroda University and Recipients
of several Honorary Doctorates from leading Universities.
Administration : Mr Tarique Ghaffur CBE QPM
Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
CBE QPM. BA (Hons) in Public Administration; MA in Criminology; Hon Ph D in
Law. Joined Greater Manchester Police in 1974 rising to the rank of Chief Inspector.
Moved in 1989 to Leics Constabulary as Superintendent/Chief Superintendent.
Worked as Divisional Commander at Loughborough, Leicester City and HQ. Appointed
in 1996 Asst Chief Constable for Lancs. Appointed in 1999 Director of Police
Information Technology Organisation. Appointed in 2002 Asst Commissioner (Specialist
Crime), Metropolitan Police. He has also worked in India, Jamaica and FBI Academy
in USA. Recipient of Queens Police Medal in 2001 and Commander of British Empire
Culture : Mrs Pushkala Gopal:- BA (Hons) with Maths and Economics in 1974 and
Post Graduate Diploma in Bharatnatyam in 1977 from Ministry of Education,
Government of India. British Council Fellow in 1983-84 studying Western
techniques of theatre, dance and education.
To her credit, production, performance and touring of dance theatre work including
Adventures of Mowgli Formed own dance company with Unnikrishnan and created
and performed in Tapestry of Tales, Beauty and the Beast, Twilight, Taming
of the Shrew, Shanti and Secret of Life. Trained many pupils in Bharatanatyam
and played active role in formulating Bharatanatayam syllabus for ISTD and
as Senior Monitoring Examiner and Vice Chairman of South Asian Dance Faculty.
Business: Mr Rajan Sehgal Chairman, Skylord plc
Graduate from University of Delhi, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
After completing his studies, he opened his own practice as Chartered Accountant
He arrived in England in 1979, unable to find a job in his own profession,
he started in the travel business from a very low level. With the result of
his hard work, he established his firm Skylord Travel in 1983.Now his firm
Skylord is floating and has got six branches throughout UK with Head Office
at Eastcote. He plans to open offices in Scotland and Ireland very soon. Skylord
PLC is now wholesaler for over 50 Major Airlines and their annual turnover
has exceeded £ 30m.
He opened in 2004 a Call Centre in New Delhi which provides employment to 20
people with the launch of ‘flightwala.com’
it will provide jobs to over 200 people there. He is involved in many charities,
educating 100s of children of parents who could not afford, runs Eye Trust
in Delhi providing free check-ups, treatments, spectacles and surgeries.
Education : Lord Meghnad Desai:- BA (Hons) from Bombay 1958, MA from Bombay
1960 and Ph D 1964 from Pennsylvania.
Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
Director, Centre for the Study of Global Governance; He was made life peer
in April 1991.
Judiciary : Mr Rabinder Singh QC: Specialises primarily in public and administrative
law, employment law, European Community Law, human rights law, commercial law
and media law.
2001 Barrister of the Year Award by the Lawyer magazine
2003 Appointed Deputy High Court Judge
2003 Appointed Visiting Professor of Law, London School of Economics
2004 Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
2004 Appointed Recorder of the Crown Court
He is Vice Chairman of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association.
Literature :Mrs Kailash Puri: Author, novelist and poet. She is recipient of
many awards, but prominent being; Poet of the year 1980,Woman of the year 1984,
Prerona Literary Award 1986, Bhasha Vibhag of Punjab Government 1988, Writer
of the year by Sahit Sansar.
Medicine : Prof Bharat Jassani: Head of Dept of Pathology, Cardiff University
and Histopathology Service, University Hospital of Wales & Cardiff. His
greatest contribution is that of developing with UK National External Quality
Assurance Scheme for Imuno-cyto-chemistry, especially in the field of breast-cancer.
He was appointed to be the first Breast Cancer Module Leader in UKNEQAS as
well as one of the first Professors of Oncological Pathology in UK.
Parliamentary :Mr Keith Vaz, MP & former minister; Longest serving Member,
House of Commons, since 1987
Member, Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs
Science : Dr Ajit Lalvani: Consultant Physician and Wellcome Senior Clinical
Research Fellow in Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine
of the Scientific Prize of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and
Since 1998, Dr Lalvani has used the rapid blood test in double-blinded, randomized
studies to prove its effectiveness in more than 2,000 TB patients and health
controls in eight countries including India.Dr Lalvani is one of the researchers
in the UK, India, China and many other countries, financially supported in
their work by the UK based international bio-medical charity the Wellcome Trust.
Social Services : Mr Raj Loomba -Founder-Chairman, Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba
Memorial Trust set up in 1997. The trust’s aim is to educate children
of poor widows and support at least 100 children of poor widows in each of
the 29 states throughout India. To date the Trust has raised sufficient funds
to educate over 1,100 children in ten states.
Sports : Mr Fauja Singh: Holder of World, European and British running records
at various distances in his age category. Although now a British Citizen, Mr
Fauja Singh has raised the profile of athletes from India and Sikhs in particular
by his remarkable achievements since his emergence on the world stage in 2000.
Luther, the Founder and President of The India International Foundation,
referred to rapid strides India has made in various walks of life and said
that the time has come to recognise the
contributions made by Indians abroad. He said that the Foundation had organised
three eye camps, arranging cataract operations for 250 people in Bihar and
Jharkhand and given 50 scholarships to poor children in Jharkhand last year.
The Foundation will continue the same and also organise a limb camp in India.
The priority will be given to the developing states of Bihar, Jharkhand,Orissa
referred to the importance of the art and culture of India and said that
the Foundation would organise activities to further strengthen worldwide
the original art and culture of India.
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