Indian receives honour of Freeman of the City of London for contribution to education across the world.
Amreesh Andrew Chandra (vice president of the St Pauls Trust and CEO of Chandra Education Links India) joined a number of historic figures, 'including very distinguished Indians such as Jawaharlal Nehru, and gained admission into the Freedom of the City of London by the Court of Common Council at the historic Guild Hall in London.
Until 1835 the Freedom of the City - was essential to anyone who wished to exercise a trade in the City. Though the privileges are now honorary it nevertheless remains as a unique part of London's history to which people who have lived or worked in the City have been proud to be admitted and was recently extended globally, and the City has since invited individuals Who have made a significant impact in their field of work.
Amreesh was honoured for his enormous contribution to the development of education from small kindergartens to the development of Higher Education cities, not only in India and in the UK, but also across many countries around the world.
The ceremony, where Amreesh signed the roll of fame and was given the documents of the Freedom and took the Freeman's oath to be true to the Queen and keep peace in the City, was followed by a reception which was attended by family, friends, senior educational and business people and members of both Houses of the British Parliament. A number of senior MP's and Peers made comments not only about .Amreesh's contribution to the field of education but also to his extensive and long term commitment to a wide range of charitable endeavours
Amreesh said that he was humbled by the comments of his guests and by being honoured in such a manner. He also said that the honour was a clear recognition of values of hard work, honesty and integrity that his mother and father (the Rev Chandra and Mrs. Chandra) had instilled in him and the on-going support of his wife Preeti and his two daughters Muskan and Khushi.