BIOGRAPHY OF LORD SWARAJ PAUL
Editorials News | Jun-11-2017
The Britain-based business philanthropist and tycoon, Lord Swaraj Paul, was born in 1931 in Jalandhar, Punjab. He studied at the Punjab University before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States, to obtain his Masters degree.
Upon returning to India, he worked with the Apeejay Group, established by his dad. He went to London to treat his leukemia-suffering daughter. Unfortunately, she died. Highly grieved, he resorted to meditation.
In 1966, he permanently relocated to London. After the partition of his family’s business possessions, he renamed his company as Caparo. The company grew stronger and became one of UK's leading producers of spiral welded pipes and welded steel tubes. The Caparo Group, today, is one of the biggest family owned companies in Britain.
In 1978, Swaraj Paul, who became one of Britain’s richest persons was knighted by the Queen. In 1996, he was appointed as a life peer, a member of the House of Lords; and given the title Baron Paul of Marylebone in the City of Westminster.
He received many adulations and awards in India and abroad. He was nominated as the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Committee for the London Olympics in 2012.
His foundation has established the Ambika Paul School of Technology in Jalandhar, India.
Lord Paul held the Pro-Chancellorship of Thames Valley University in 1997, and Chancellorship in 1998. He has been the Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton since 1998. In 2010 the student union centre was renamed "The Ambika Paul Student Union Centre", following his donation towards its refurbishment.In 2015 he gave, through his family foundation, £1 million, the largest single donation in the university's history.
Lord Paul was Chancellor of University of Westminster, from 2006 to 2014; his foundation donated £300,000. to establish the Ambika P3 event and exhibition space.
He sat on MIT's Mechanical Engineering Visiting Committee between 1998 and 2001, when he established the Ambika Paul Mezzanine and Study Space, and the Swraj Paul Scholarship fund for undergraduate and graduate students. Lord Paul is a member of the President's Cabinet for Chapman University in Orange, California.
Talking about his international relations he then he has taken an interest in international relations and made good relations also. He was appointed by the government to act as an ambassador for British business from 1998 –2010.
He was a member of the Foreign Policy Centre Advisory Council. He contested for the chairmanship of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, with an agenda to reduce the gap between the West and the East.
Lord Paul was Co-Chairman of the Indo-British Roundtable from 2000–2005. He was a member of Panel 2000, an appointment by the Prime Minister to re-brand Britain.
Lord Paul has donated £500,000 to the Labour Party, being the largest donor to Gordon Brown's leadership campaign and offering in 2007 to give "as much as he can afford" in the case of an early election. He is also close to the former UK Prime Minister's wife, Sarah Brown, for whom he shows paternal concern. Lord Paul was chairman and trustee of Theirworld and chairman Theirworld Projects Ltd (formerly PiggyBankKids) from 2002 to 2015; the charity was founded by Sarah Brown.