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Prof. Nathu Ram (Nat) Puri and Lord Raj Loomba conferred. The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards - 2015

Prof. Nathu Ram (Nat) Puri and Lord Raj Loomba conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards - 2015

At the Pravasi Bhartitya Divas Convention at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat (India) on January 9, 2015, Prof. Nathu Ram (Nat) Puri and Lord Raj Loomba from the United Kingdom were conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (PBS) Awards along with thirteen other awardees from the Indian Diaspora in other countries. The awards were presented by the Vice President of India, Shri Mohammed Hamid Ansari. The total number of PBS awardees from the UK has now risen to 13.

Prof. Nathu Ram Puri – a philanthropist and founder of the Purico Group of companies is recognised for his contribution in the fields of education and community service. Born in Mullanpur near Chandigarh, Professor Puri is a successful industrialist and entrepreneur and a devoted supporter of promoting education, including in India. He has received several awards and positions in recognition of his services to the society - Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering from London South Bank University in 2008; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Nottingham; Member of the Governing Council of the University of Nottingham for 10 years; Visiting Professor of University of Nottingham Business School and London South Bank University, Faculty of Engineering. He became an Honorary Freeman of the City of Nottingham in 2012. He is also credited for setting up ‘The Indian Institute of Advanced Research’ in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
 
Lord Raj Loomba is recognized for his notable contribution in the field of public and community service. A well know philanthropist, he started his business from a market stall and went to establish a reputed company in fashion and clothing known as the Rinku Group, which now employs over 300 people in UK, India and China. He has been a strong supporter of business and cultural relations between India and UK. He pioneered the cause of widows’ rights and his efforts contributed to the declaration of 23rd June as International Widows’ Day. The Loomba Foundation set up by him aims to help millions of widows and their children in several countries around the world. Lord Loomba holds prominent positions in a number of social, cultural and political organisations and has received considerable recognition for his leadership and service to the society. He is presently also the Chairman of the LibDem Friends of India group.
Jan 9, 2015
 
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