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The Lord Rana MBE
Member of Parliament, UK

Lord Diljit Singh Rana, Baron Rana, MBE is a British politician and member of the House of Lords. In June 2004, he was created a life peer as Baron Rana, of Malone in the County of Antrim.

He was awarded an MBE in 1996, for his contribution to the economic regeneration of the city of Belfast through the development of hotels, restaurants, fashion shops and modern office accommodation. He has also set up a charitable trust of Rs.50 million for a school and a college named Sanghol Education Complex, in his native village Sanghol, near Chandigarh, India. The Ulster and Queens University, Belfast, conferred upon him honorary doctorates. He was instrumental in leading a delegation of academics from the universities to India to explore educational partnerships and help develop university links between India and Northern Ireland.

Because of his efforts, The University of Ulster has developed alliances with the University of Madras in Chennai and the Institute of Technology in Mumbai and the Queen’s University of Belfast has formed relationships with the Indian Institute of Immunology, JNU in Delhi and the University at Hyderabad. Queen’s is also establishing a Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies in Belfast. Queen’s has relationships with the Bengal Engineering and Science University at Kolkata and the Indian Institute of Immunology in Delhi. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Bengal Engineering and Science University in West Bengal in November 2008.

He has been actively involved in promoting business links between India and Northern Ireland. To this effect he has led several trade missions of many Northern Ireland based companies to India to explore business opportunities.