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University of Worcester felicitates educationalist and Bollywood actress Swaroop Sampat-Rawal with honorary doctorate

University of Worcester felicitates educationalist and Bollywood actress Swaroop Sampat-Rawal with honorary doctorate

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 03 Dec 2018, 05:38 pm

Mumbai, Dec 3 (IBNS): The University of Worcester of the UK hosted “Celebrating Inclusion”, a gala event in Mumbai to target students, educators and government to have a wider presence across India and increase recruitment. The University also felicitated educationalist and Bollywood actress, Dr. Swaroop Sampat-Rawal with an honorary doctorate to recognise her contribution to the field of education and inclusion.

The event was attended by Government Ministers, education leaders and well-known personalities.

Vinod Tawde, Education Minister, Government of Maharashtra was the Chief Guest of Honour and delivered a key note address.

Paresh Rawal, National award-winning actor and Member of the Parliament, was present at the occasion as Special Guest and cheered for his wife, the ex-Miss India Dr. Swaroop Sampat-Rawal while she was being presented the honorary doctorate.

Prakash Jawadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, sent a personal message wishing not only Dr. Sampat well but also the University of Worcester in all its endeavours.

Prof. David Green, Vice Chancellor, University of Worcester said, “We are delighted to be working with Swaroop Sampat-Rawal to deliver an important, innovative programme, which will greatly enhance the professional skills of teachers, both in India and the UK, to enable children to develop crucial life skills."

Dr. Sampat-Rawal is an alumna of the University of Worcester, having studied for a PhD in Education at Worcester.

Her doctoral thesis was on the theme of using drama to enhance life skills in children with learning disabilities.

On receiving the honorary doctorate, she said, “It’s my proud privilege to receive the honorary doctorate and indeed an honour to be recognised for my work towards the cause of education and inclusion. When I proposed to teach life skills in the government primary school in my home state of Gujarat, its then chief minister, and now India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, instantly agreed to my vision and plan. At that point, my focus was on dealing with mental health issues among students, a much neglected and even lesser understood aspect of their academic and social life. I have come a long way with support of the state government, schools and teachers but a lot needs to be done.”