UK varsity to honour Indian doctor for being 'a superb role model'

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2015 13:57 IST
Photo caption: Dr Shiv Pande, a Liverpool-based doctor, will be honoured by the University of Central Lancashire for his achievements since moving to the United Kingdom in 1971 (HT Photo)

Shiv Pande, a Liverpool-based doctor who has made major contributions in the areas of charity, academia and broadcasting besides his medical profession after moving to Britain in 1971, is to be honoured by the University of Central Lancashire on Monday.

Born in India, Pande gained his MBBS degree in 1962 from Vikram University, Indore, and initially worked in cardio-thoracic surgery at the London Chest Hospital after moving to Britain. He then practised medicine for over 30 years in Liverpool.

Pande organised cricket coaching for unemployed Liverpool youngsters when India’s World Cup-winning cricketers visited the city in 1984. He also raised £20,000 for victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984.

The citation for his honorary fellowship says: “Rarely has a medical doctor achieved so much in so many areas, not only within his own profession, but also in our broader community. As a dedicated medical practitioner, tireless charity campaigner, accomplished broadcaster, and distinguished academic, Shiv Pande MBE represents a superb role model for any citizen of multicultural Britain.”

Honoured with an MBE in 1989, Pande, now retired, told HT: “I am humbled, honoured and at the same time excited. The people of northwest England, especially of Liverpool, are extremely friendly and helpful. I have received much affection, respect and love all these years”.

Pande was instrumental in launching the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test, overseeing its first pilot in India in 1996.

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