In a special ceremony of the University of East London on Sunday, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in central London, before an audience consisting of University of East London (UEL) staff, governors and students; and a number of distinguished guests from industry, political life and sport along with members of Sahara family, Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara, Managing Worker & Chairman, Sahara India Pariwar, has being conferred with the award of Doctor of Business honoris causa.
Professor Lord Patel of Bradford said in his citation that, "Saharasri Subrata Roy Sahara is a man who has made an absolutely immense contribution to the world of business, to sport, to the enhancement of education and to social and community development, to his country as well as other parts of the world, and to an abundance of philanthropic activities that are simply too numerous to mention."
Lord Gulam Noon, Chancellor of the University of East London conferred the award upon Saharasri saying; "That the event was a unique occasion. It is unique because this is the first degree that I am awarding any student in my new role as Chancellor of this university. It is unique because the award of this honorary doctorate is being given to a unique student - a student of life."
He further said, "Subrata Roy Sahara, as one businessman to another - I am impressed with your contribution to the world of business. As one philanthropist to another I am more than impressed with your immense contribution to our fellow human beings who are less fortunate than us."