Having graduated in Engineering from India, I came to the UK in 1962.
I came under an immigration scheme that, not unlike the ones we have seen in more recent times, was aimed at encouraging engineering graduates to come and work in the UK all those years ago.
My first job was with Grundig Dictaphones in Sydenham before I picked up a consulting assignment with Westinghouse Break & Signals involving the development of industrial automation projects relating to telemetry remote control systems. From there I went to Woolwich polytechnic to do my post graduation in Industrial Administration which I passed with Distinction.
Dr. Swraj Paul, Chairman, Caparo Group Ltd; Chairman, Caparo Industries plc; Chairman, Barton Tubes Ltd, Canada; Chairman, Fidelity plc; Chairman; United Merchant Bar plc at Scunthorpe, joined the family-owned Apeejay Surrendra Group in 1952. Came to Britain in 1966. He funds the Jawaharlal Nehru Visiting Professorship (Nehru Group) at Cambridge University and gives the Swraj Paul Scholarship for undergraduate studies at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology. Awards: The Padma Bhushan (equivalent to a British Peerage) by the Government of India in 1983; Honarary Doctorate of Philosophy by the American College of Switzerland, 1986. Member, Financial Development Board, NSPCC. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, 1984. Member, Marylebone Cricket Club, England; Member, World Business Council, USA. He got BSc and Msc degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusettes Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, 1952; Bsc degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Punjab University, 1969. Dr Swraj Paul was born in India and is married with four children.