High Commissioner Ranjan Mathai this week hailed the work of the UK chapter of Lady Shri Ram College (ELSA) as alumni of one of India’s most prestigious educational institutions met with the Indian envoy in London.
Mr Mathai said ELSA members – women from myriad walks of life – epitomized the ambitious and well-integrated British Asians who now make such invaluable contributions to modern Britain.
The High Commissioner made the remarks during the first official visit to the Indian mission in London by ELSA members, who spoke at length about the array of initiatives undertaken by the group.
Among ELSA UK’s projects is a scholarship programme for gifted students from poor backgrounds as well as a mentoring project which links alumni with current students at the prestigious Delhi University college.
In the UK, ELSA works alongside the Indian High Commission as well as a number of charity organizations supporting Indian-origin women in distress, including victims of domestic violence.
The group also revealed plans for a number of new events and initiatives planned for the coming months.
Established in 2014, ELSA UK is the latest in a global network of associations made up of alumni of Lady Shri Ram College, one of India’s finest arts universities.
Among the College’s alumni are such well-known figures as Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi; Indian politician Maneka Gandhi as well as prominent journalists, academics, business figures, actors and artists.