Indian-origin exec gifts $401,000 to London univ

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2014 00:18 IST

A new centre dedicated to graduate entrepreneurship at London South Bank University has been opened after receiving a £250,000 ($401,875) gift from London-based Indian-origin entrepreneur Rami Ranger.

Ranger, who is the founder of Sun Mark Ltd and Sea, Air & Land Forwarding Ltd, is one of the most successful Indian-origin entrepreneurs in Britain.

Ranger arrived in London in 1971, started business with £2 in 1987, and today heads a £200 million business empire.

Ranger’s gift to the university is being used to set up a fund for Enterprise Excellence in his name to support student entrepreneurship activities. LSBU is also establishing the Rami Ranger MBE Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship, which will provide a workspace for students on enterprise programmes

Ranger said: “Where I am today is a far cry from where I started. Education enriched and shaped the futures of myself and my siblings. I started with nothing and now have the opportunity to help others make the most of their lives”.

The centre was opened on October 3 by Theresa Villiers, secretary for Northern Ireland, at an event attended by Varinder Paul, deputy high commissioner of India and SS Sidhu, minister coordination at the Indian high commission, and Labour MP Keith Vaz.

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