Indian gets top post at Dundee varsity
Lord Naren Patel, a celebrated obstetrics expert in UK, has been appointed chancellor of Dundee varsity.india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 18:59 IST
Lord Naren Patel, a celebrated obstetrics expert in London who had his initial education in India, has been installed as chancellor of the University of Dundee, Scotland.
He is the fourth chancellor of Dundee University in its 39-year history. The previous three were the Queen Mother, Sir Dalhousie and Sir James Black.
Patel's contribution to the field of high-risk obstetrics is internationally recognised.
Born in Tanzania and educated there and in India, London and Dundee, Patel, 68, is now retired and sits in the House of Lords having received a knighthood in 1997 and been elevated to the peerage in 1999.
A graduate of Queen's College, Dundee, which at the time was part of St Andrews University, Patel worked for almost all of his professional life at Dundee Royal Infirmary and the city's Ninewells Hospital.
He was awarded an honorary degree by Dundee University in 2004.
He holds similar awards from a number of other universities, as well as honorary fellowships of universities and national organisations worldwide.
Patel is currently chairman of the British stem cell oversight committee and the patron of several charities.
"Looking at the stature of the people who have held this distinguished post previously, I am humbled to think I can carry out this role of chancellor with as much ability as they did," the new chancellor told the media after assuming his charge.
"I know that the University of Dundee aspires to excellence and I am privileged to be offered a chance to be part of it," he said.
"I am of course aware that with the honour comes duty, a duty to promote the university and help it to prosper, to be the university's champion, all of which I will do to the best of my ability," the new chancellor added.
Earlier, chairman of university court John Milligan said: "The university chancellor embodies the mission of the university to advance and diffuse knowledge, wisdom and understanding by teaching and research and by the example and influence of its corporate life."
"We are honoured and delighted to have Lord Patel accept this role for the University of Dundee. Lord Patel's quiet and relentless dedication to health improvements, both in this country and in the poorer countries of the world, is an inspiration," Milligan said.
"And his knowledge of the university - as one who has been closely associated with its work throughout his professional life - makes him an ideal chancellor," he added.
In the House of Lords, he has been a member of the science and technology committee for seven years.
He is currently chairman of the national patient safety agency of England and Wales. He is also a member of the armed forces pay review board.