Dr I P Patel: Member of the British
feel honoured and thrilled,” Dr I.P.Patel told South Asian
Outlook. “This is not just an award for me but for all people
working in the voluntary sector,” he said. “This award is a way
of recognising their work.”
I. P. Patel
Dr I.P.Patel given the honour of MBE (Member of the British Empire) for
the New Year, the award is a recognition also of the efforts of the
Gujarati community in Britain.
Dr Patel heads the National Council of Gujarati Organisations (NCGO), an
umbrella body of several Gujarati organisations in Britain. The group has
been working towards bringing Gujarati groups together in Britain and also
in networking between Gujaratis in Britain and the Gujarat government.
“I feel honoured and thrilled,” Dr I.P.Patel told South Asian Outlook.
“This is not just an award for me but for all people working in the
voluntary sector,” he said. “This award is a way of recognising their
Dr I.P.Patel was given the award in recognition of his work for the Indian
community in north-west London. That is where a large section of the
Indian community lives, and where it is most active.
Dr Patel apart from heading the NCGO is Governor of Copland Community
School in Wembley, a trustee of the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple in Neasden
and also Director of Harlesden City College.
Dr Patel sees his role as more than working only for the Gujaratis. “We
have been working not just to help Gujaratis but Indians at large,” he
“Through the efforts of the NCGO we collected a lot of money to help
those hit by the Bhuj earthquake,” he said. “But we also made a
similar effort and collected money for people hit by the Orissa
Dr Patel, a doctor by profession who specialises in ear, nose and throat
problems is a specialist outside the profession in raising resources
towards helping the community. “This is recognition for the work and the
culture of Hindus and Gujaratis in this country,” he said.
Dr Patel said that “this is the first time that a president of the NCGO
has been given this kind of recognition.”
Dr Patel has a record of raising resources to help people with zero cost
administration. The money raised for Bhuj victims was passed on to the
Swaminarayan Hindu Mission who carried out voluntary work in Gujarat also
at zero cost administration. “We have total involvement in the voluntary
sector,” Dr Patel said. “Now we know that people recognise also that
work is not in vain.”