Thursday 28th June saw the launch of the Tamil Chair in Oxford University. The historic moment was witnessed by 150 people at the Edwardian room, in the Taj hotel.
It was as a global summit celebrations at the House of Commons, with an award function, 'Achievement Awards 2018'. This was not just an opportunity to celebrate the prosperous achievements of the Tamil community across the globe. But also an opportunity to recognise their contributions. The event was hosted by Rt. Hon. Nia Griffiths MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Defense, UK. Other MP's who graced the occasion include Rt. Hon. Virendra Sharma, Rt. Hon. Steve Reed, Rt. Hon. Thangam Debbonaire, Rt. Hon. Gerald Jones, Rt. Hon. Preeti Patel, Rt. Hon. Therese Villiers, Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps.
At inauguration as an Invocation to “Mother Tamil”, the ‘State song of Tamil Nadu’ was recited, with due respect given by all our guests. Following this speakers from across the globe, which included various Tamil community leaders, successful entrepreneurs, were happy to share their inspirational success stories, to the elite motivated audience gathered in the hall. This made us acknowledge the growth of Tamil globally. The event also gave various business networking opportunities, with people who have made exemplary contributions in various fields.
Recipients to win awards included: Rathika Sitsabaiesain, the First Tamil MP, Scarborough, Toronto, Canada, Brig. Krishnan, High Commission of India, London, Gandhirajan IPS, Director General of Police, Tamilnadu, India, Vivian Reddy, Executive Chairman, Edison Corporation, Durban, South Africa, T Chandroo, Chairman & CEO, Modern Montessori International group, Singapore, Haji Mohamed Suibi Bin Haji Mohamed Yusoof, CEO, Worldwide Superstar Money Changer, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Gladys Rosette C.Daniel, Partner and Advocate, Daniel & Gladys Advocates, Chennai, India, Dr. Ezhil Anand, Co-Founder, Yorkshire Indian Business Network, Shivalkar Paramanndam, Co-Founder, Yorkshire Indian Business Network, Sateesh Babu, Yorkshire Indian Business Network, Founder and Director of IT Jack Limited, Visakan Mailachalam, Chairman, South Pacific Tamil Sangam, Indonesia, Dr. Vijayan Janakiraman, Co-founder, Harvard Tamil Chair, Boston, USA and Dr. Sundaresan Samdandam, Co-founder, Harvard Tamil Chair, Boston, USA.
The event was organised by Jacob Ravibalan President of World Tamil Organisation (UK) and his team, on behalf of Federation of Tamil Associations in UK (FeTAUK).