Most trusted Name in the NRI media
Serving over 22 millions NRIs worldwide

UK Punjabi NRI, Lord Swraj Paul of Caparo group

  • honored doctorate by the Punjab Technical University
  • Swraj donated of Rs 5 crore for setting up a centre of excellence in the manufacturing industry at Jalandhar

Chandhigarh,, Feb 17: Lord Swraj Paul, Punjab-born NRI industrialist, was today conferred with an honorary doctorate by the Punjab Technical University in recognition of his excellence in the manufacturing field.

London-based 74-year-old Lord Paul was conferred with the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering (honoris causa) at an impressive function attended by his son Angad, CEO of the Caparo Group, and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Lord Paul's niece Sushma Barlia, the vice-chairperson of Apeejay Education Society, and a number of distinguished guests including principals and directors of affiliate colleges of the university were also present.

"I have been privileged to receive a number of honorary degrees, but to receive an award from the Punjab Technical University, which is based in my place of birth, is a very special one," Paul said in his acceptance speech.

Lord Paul, chairman of the Caparo Group, announced a donation of Rs 5 crore for setting up a centre of excellence in the manufacturing industry at Jalandhar, his birthplace.

Punjab Chief Secretary and chairman of the Board of Governors of the University Jai Singh Gill conferred the degree. The Punjab Chief Minister handed over the certificate to Lord Paul.

‘‘Returning to Punjab is pleasant. The state retains a very social attachment. Punjab is a confluence of values, sentiments and emotional geography. I am overwhelmed to be here,’’ he said, adding that such occasions were always marvellous and give great feelings. Recalling that he had a privilege of handing over 5500 degrees back in the UK, Lord Paul said, only three years ago, he handed over a degree to a 92-year-old woman.

Respecting the commitment to education in India that his brother Satya Paul showed, Lord Paul said: ‘‘I was still a youth when our parents passed away and it was his guidance and direction that shaped my life.’’

Earlier, Lord Paul met the Chief Minister and urged him to set up an international airport at Jalandhar.

When asked if he has any plans to settle down in India, he said that he had never planned to be in England. ‘‘I take life as it comes. In life, what you plan never works out at times,’’ he added.

Quoting the noted philosopher-revolutionary Aurobindo, he said that mother India is a power that will lead. Governments should compensate for the handicaps, provide the best environment for business and opportunities for all.

‘‘India has witnessed a pleasant change. I am pleased to see new industrialists coming up. That change has come in the past five years,’’ he added. The three million graduates passing out ares India’s strength, he added.

"I am deeply honoured by the kind award that the university has conferred on me. It gave me an opportunity to me to come to Punjab," said Lord Paul. (Agencies/Express India)


Any comments on this article or you have any news: Click here