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London: The contribution of Indian soldiers in the First World War will be commemorated at a special exhibition in Britain next month, a media report said on Wednesday. British_and_Native_Indian_Soldiers

The residents can acknowledge at the “Legacy of Valour” exhibition the efforts of more than 1.5 million Indian soldiers, including Sikhs, who fought for Britain. The exhibition, at Reading Town Hall, will be held from August 2 till August 31, GetReading.com reported.

“India provided Britain with a massive volunteer army in its hour of need. Over 1.5 million Indian soldiers and support personnel served during 1914-18, fighting in all major theaters of war,” Inderpal Dhanjal, project leader of the exhibition, was quoted as saying.

The exhibition will display rare photographs of Indian soldiers, including Reading Town center where many Indians trained as Royal Flying Corps combat pilots.

High Commissioner of India to Britain Ranjan Mathai and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire James Puxley are expected to be present at a special ceremony, to be held on August 1.

“We are expecting many distinguished guests at the opening of this exhibition, including local MPs, Members of House of Lords, Mayor, local councilors, representatives of faith and charity organisations, police, Home Office, and armed forces as well as prominent community members,” Dhanjal added.

Legacy of Valour is a heritage project that was launched in October 2014 as part of the First World War centenary.

It aims to get the Punjabi community living in Reading and Wokingham to learn, understand and share the contribution of Indian soldiers between 1914 and 1918.

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Indian-Origin Doctor Arpan Doshi to Become Britain’s Youngest Physician to Start Working at Hospital

An Indian-origin medical graduate broke the record to start work in the UK by 17 days

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A Sheffield University graduate becomes the youngest physician to work in Britain. Wikimedia
  • An Indian-origin doctor breaks record and becomes the youngest physician in Britain to start working 
  • He received scholarship of 13,000 pounds from University of Sheffield
  • He will start his two-year training at York teaching hospital in August

London, July 21, 2017: An Indian origin doctor named Arpan Doshi is becoming Britain’s youngest physician to begin working at a hospital located in the northeast of England. He completed his graduation with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Sheffield on Monday. Doshi, whose age is 21 years and 335 days, will start working in York as a junior doctor the following month.

The record of the youngest doctor starting work in the UK was broken by him by only 17 days. He said that he didn’t even realize that he became the youngest individual to qualify till his friend checked the internet. He has not told his parents till now but he knows they’ll be proud of his achievement, mentioned PTI report.

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He was sent to a school situated in Gandhinagar, Gujrat, till the age of 13 after which Bharat Doshi, his father who was a mechanical engineer, was employed in Aix en Provence for an international project causing his whole family to shift to France.

Arpan, in his statement, said that he realized that he had already studied the things being taught in his school in France which made him skip a year.

Soon after his 17th birthday, he started sending his applications to universities. He faced one rejection but the other three accepted him. The University of Sheffield offered him a 13,000 pounds scholarship after being impressed with his credentials.

To fund his doctorate degree, he received some financial aid given by his parents but he also had to work part-time as a local school’s lunch supervisor and in the service of careers.

“My dream is to become a heart surgeon but it is a very competitive field. It is not really a surprise I have ended up as a doctor,” he said.

Arpan broke the record of Rachael Faye Hill, the former youngest doctor eligible to qualify, who graduated from University of Manchester with a medical degree when her age in 2010 was 21 years and 352 days.

Doshi, with his doctorate degree, is all set to break her record in August when he begins with his training of two years at York teaching hospital as a junior doctor.

-prepared by Harsimran Kaur of Newsgram. Twitter Hkaur1025


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