Senior Researcher wins Hind Rattan award, 2019

Celebrating International Women’s day we spoke to Dr Narinder Bansal who explained the work that led her to win the prestigious Indian award.

Born in the UK to Indian parents Dr Narinder Bansal has dedicated her work to studying the challenges of migration on health and wellbeing. Her work has achieved international recognition and earlier this year she was awarded the Hind Rattan award 2019 by the NRI ( Non-Resident Indians) W elfare Society in India.

This is not the first time Dr Bansal’s work has been recognised, for her work on ethnicity and health in Scotland she was awarded the University of Edinburgh Award for Excellence and also the Scottish Asian Women’s Association Award for Professional of the year in 2014.

In her spare time Dr Bansal has fundraised for the NSPCC and Children 1st and has volunteered with organisations in the slums of Calcutta, helping establish a school for children who are out of education due to poverty. She has written a syllabus to teach spoken English to children of mixed ability and age, which was taught in Hindi and Bengali (with English) and trained Bengali teachers to deliver the syllabus in a resource poor setting. And her work in Bangalore saw Dr Bansal involved with the development of an orphanage where she spent 5 weeks supporting staff and children with day-to-day running of the orphanage, teaching spoken English, athletics and sports to children.

Dr Bansal explains some of the work that led her to be recognised for the prestigious Hind Rattan Award 2019 and the impact it has had.