London: Dr Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Honour by the India-UK Achievers Honours in London for his contributions to economic and political life.
The Honour, which was announced during an awards ceremony last week, will be presented to Dr Singh in New Delhi at a later date by the National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK.
The India-UK Achievers Honours, presented by NISAU UK in collaboration with the British Council in India and the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), recognise the achievements of Indian students who studied at British universities, while the Lifetime Achievement Honour recognises Dr Singh’s academic achievements at Oxford and Cambridge.
“I am deeply moved by this gesture, which is especially meaningful coming from young people who represent the future of our country and our two countries,” the 90-year-old economist said.
“Our educational connection does, in fact, define the India-UK relationship. Our country’s founding fathers, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr BR Ambedkar, Sardar Patel, and many others educated in the United Kingdom and went on to become great leaders, leaving a legacy that continues to inspire India and the rest of the world. Countless Indian students have had the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom throughout the years,” Dr Manmohan Singh added.
Opposition Labour Party MP Virendra Sharma, who is also a patron of NISAU UK, received the Living Legend Honour.
According to NISAU UK, an eminent jury narrowed down a profusion of nominations to identify India’s 75 top performers and eight remarkable achievements.
Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Raghav Chadha, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla, and Indian women’s football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan were among those honoured as Outstanding Achievers.
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