Dr Prasad Rao, Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, Prof. Vikas Shah, Prof. Pratibha Laxman Gai , Prof. Charanjit Bountra, Dr Sanjeev Kumar Sridhar among prominent Indian-origin British citizens were featured in the 2018 New Year Honours List…reports Asian Lite News
Others in the list are Deviesh Tankaria of the Sathya Sai International, Dr Seema Srivastava, Mrs Baldev Kaur, Mr Subash Chander Mahajan, Prof. Pratibha Laxman Gai of University of York, Jarnail Singh Athwal, Prof. Charanjit Bountra of Oxford University, Onkardeep Singh Bhatia, Ranjit Lal Dheer, Vinodka Murrin and Dr Neelam Farzana.
There are 1,123 people named on the main honours list issued by the Cabinet Office, with 70% of the recipients recognised for work in their communities in a voluntary or paid capacity.
They include two people aged 101 – Lt Col Mordaunt Cohen from north-west London is made an MBE for his services to World War Two education, and Helena Jones receives a British Empire Medal for services to young people and the community in Brecon.
Former deputy prime minister Mr Nick Clegg, who lost his Sheffield Hallam seat in the general election, is knighted for political and public service alongside several former and serving MPs. Conservative MPs Graham Brady – the chairman of the influential backbench 1922 Committee – Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Christopher Chope are knighted, and Cheryl Gillan made a dame. Labour MPs Mark Hendrick and Commons Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle are knighted.
The youngest person on the list is Lucia Mee, 18, from Antrim, who has had three liver transplants after being diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, and receives a BEM for promoting awareness about organ donation.
Dr Rao Honoured with BEM
Hailing from Tenali, Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, Dr Rao served British National Health Service for over four decades. He was honoured by Asian Lite newspaper with Ugadi Puraskar at a ceremony held at Parliament in April.
Mr Rao said the honour is a tribute to thousands of Indian medicos working at NHS. Mr Rao completed his medical degree at Visakhapatnam Medical College.
Dr Rao, of Trentham, has worked as a GP for 40 years and ran Belgrave Medical Centre in Dresden for 25 years. He was chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for three years before leaving in January 2016. And he was also one of the local medical committee’s longest serving members, clocking up 25 years.
IoJ Director Dr Mehool gets MBE
Dr Mehool Sanghrajka was awarded MBE for his services to the Jain Faith and Education.
Dr Sanghrajka, is a Director and Trustee of the Institute of Jainology. For over 20 years Dr Sanghrajka has played an important role in the Jain community and has substantially raised the profile of Jainism and improved interfaith relations throughout the UK and globally. Dr Sanghrajka’s hard work and dedication has been recognised and an MBE awarded for outstanding achievement from Her Majesty the Queen.
Upon receiving the invitation to receive such a prestigious award, Sanghrajka stated:
“I am humbled. It’s a real honour to receive this MBE. Education and Jainism are both very important parts of my life. This inspires me to do even more and I am grateful to all those who work with me in these endeavours.”
For the past 15 years Sanghrajka has been the Director and Trustee of the Institute of Jainology (IoJ) which represents the 32 Jain organisations in the UK in Inter-faith and governmental activities. The IoJ has helped to establish the Jain all-party Parliamentary Group and focuses on matters affecting the larger Jain community as a whole such as inclusion in the census and representation at Armistice Day. He is also a current trustee of the Navnat Vanik Association, the second largest Jain community in the UK.
Nemu Chandaria OBE, Chairman of Institute of Jainology said: ”Thanks to Dr. Sanghrajka’s tireless work Jains are now a more significant part of the religious landscape of the UK. I wish to wholeheartedly congratulate him for this award.”
In addition to his work with the IoJ Sanghrajka is also the Executive Director of Jainpedia.org. The organization has digitised and contextualized the 4,000 Jain manuscripts held at major British Institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Library, the Welcome Trust, the Bodleian Library and the Royal Asiatic Society. The Jainpedia website receives over 1 million page views a year and is the most authoritative website on Jainism globally.
For 20+ years, Sanghrajka has been dedicated to transforming education for students around the globe. He has developed e-learning solutions which improve outcomes for learners worldwide. Sanghrajka’s key focus is on meeting the needs of learners in the digital age while enhancing and developing their digital literacy skills no matter where in the world they are located.
Currently Sanghrajka is founder and CEO of Learning Possibilities, the developer of the award-winning LP+ platforms which transforms education for schools across the globe, as well as serving education and government segments globally.
Prof. Vikas Shah Honoured with MBE
Manchester entrepreneur Prof. Vikas Shah is a multi-talented British-Asian entrepreneur. He bagged the MBE tag for his services to business and the economy. Asian Lite honoured Prof. Vikas with Businessman of the Year award in 2015.
Prof. Shah has mentored hundreds of young entrepreneurs and businesses. The 37-year old, who started his first business aged 14, is an honorary professor at Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester and professor of entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan Lisbon MBA. He is also an advocate for causes, speaking publicly on issues ranging from mental health and inequality.
During a ten-year fight with depression he turned to poetry as a source of consolation, healing and reflection, published this year in his new book, ‘3650’.
Prof. Shah is Chairman of the international arts and entrepreneurship NGO In Place of War, Chairman at Manchester’s influential digital culture festival FutureEverything and a trustee at Mustard Tree, which helps tens of thousands impacted by poverty and marginalisation across Greater Manchester.
He is also a member of The UK Industrial Development Advisory Board which advises the UK Government on over £4.5bn of investments, a board advisor on digital strategy to the British Council and a board member of the General Medical Council, advising on international services and development.
Prof. Shah provides consulting services applying entrepreneurship and over 20 years of real-world business experience to solve problems, find opportunities and help businesses to grow.