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Doctorate for Bohra scion


London:The University of East London conferred an honorary doctorate in Business Administration on Dr. Qaidjoher Ezzuddin (73), the eldest son of the Dawoodi Bohra community's spiritual head, HH Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin.  He is the Chairman of the state-of-the-art Saifee Hospital in Mumbai and also the Chairman of Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) that has taken up the multi-million redevelopment initiative to uplift the standard of the densely-populated and economically depressed Bhendi Bazaar neighbourhood in south Mumbai that would enhance the quality of life of some 20,000 residents living in the area.

Senior Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the University, Lord Kamlesh Patel, a former minister in the Labour government, read out the citation which said that Dr. Ezzuddin has been awarded the Doctorate in recognition of his distinctive areas of leadership, "business and entrepreneurship, serving the public and education…Through this leadership within the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, he has influenced their business and entrepreneurship, community development and educational opportunities."

Under Dr. Ezzuddin's guidance and leadership, he has brought recognition to a hitherto minority community, devoting the last 50 years to building a strong spiritual, peaceful, socially and economically sound value base for his community around the world.

"My father has taught me all I know and am forever grateful to him" said Dr. Qaidjoher Ezzuddin.  He is the rector of Al-Jamea-tus-Saifiyah, Fatimi Arabic Academy, a renowned institute that has branches in Surat, Mumbai, Karachi, Nairobi and London.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 December 2013 on page no. 13

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