University of Kent academic wins prestigious Hind Rattan Award 2022

Dr Parminder Sandhu, Lecturer and Programme Director in Applied Chemical Sciences in the Department of Global and Lifelong Learning (GLL) at the University of Kent has been awarded the prestigious Hind Rattan Award -2022 (translated into English as ‘Jewel of India’) for keeping the “Flag of India High”.

Dr Sandhu will be honoured at the 41st International Convention of NRIs to be held in New Delhi on 14th April 2022 and will be attended by senior members/officials of the Indian government and other dignitaries.

The Hind Rattan Award is granted annually to eminent non-resident persons of Indian origin (NRIs) by the NRI Welfare Society of India (NRI Welfare Society Of India) in recognition of their outstanding services, achievements, and contributions in their respective fields.

Dr Sandhu is an organic chemist with 15 years of research experience in synthetic supramolecular, bioorganic and heterogeneous catalysis chemistry and has been involved in different research projects, presenting his work at various national and international conferences. His most recent research interests are in the area of chemical science education including effective and innovative pedagogical practices, in-depth analyses of issues of direct relevance to chemical education, etc.

Dr Sandhu said, “I feel humbled and it is really a proud moment for me to accept this award for my contribution to chemical research and teaching methodologies in chemical education. I dedicate this award to my parents for the values they instilled in me, to my teachers both in India and the UK, the people with whom I worked with and made me what I am today.”