Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now


You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.
10,840.6523.05
Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Arunima Sinha, world's first woman amputee to scale Everest, now has a doctorate

A former volleyball player, she lost her left leg after being thrown from a train while resisting a robbery.

PTI|
Updated: Nov 08, 2018, 12.17 PM IST
0Comments
Agencies
ArunimaSinha1
(Image: Twitter/Arunima Sinha)
LONDON: Arunima Sinha, the Indian mountaineer who became the world's first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by a prestigious UK university for her inspirational achievements.

Sinha, 30, was conferred with the honorary doctorate by the University of Strathclyde at a graduation ceremony in Glasgow on Tuesday. She was honoured in the Barony Hall for her inspirational achievements in mountaineering.



"I'm very happy and grateful to receive this honorary degree from the University of Strathclyde. This award delivers a good message to the youth of India and the world over that if you strive to reach your goals in life your achievements will be recognised," Sinha said.

ArunimaSinha
(Image: Twitter/Arunima Sinha)


A former Indian national volleyball player, Sinha had her left leg amputated after being thrown from a train while resisting a robbery. While recovering she resolved to climb Mount Everest and later trained with Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to climb the world's highest peak.

On May 21, 2013, Sinha became the world's first female amputee to climb the 8848-meter peak. She has gone on to be the first female amputee to climb the tallest mountains in Africa, Europe, Australia and South America.

In 2015, she was presented with the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award.



"Arunima is an inspiration to amputees around the world. Not only has she shown real spirit, courage and determination in overcoming adversity, she is using her compassion and positivity to help other people," said Professor Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde.

"Arunima embodies the values of Strathclyde and we are delighted to recognise her achievements by making her an Honorary Doctor of the University," McDonald said.

The award also recognises Sinha's charitable work through the Arunima Foundation, which seeks to empower women, disabled people and generally improve the health and social and economic situation for poorer communities.


CWG 2018: India's Golden Girls Who Made Us Proud

of 7
Next
Prev
Play Slideshow

Making India Proud

15 Apr, 2018
Guts, gumption and a whole lot of glory. The gang of girls from India displayed all that, and more, as they stole the show at the ongoing Commonwealth Games. They outshone the boys and men as they surged ahead, battling numerous challenges, to emerge as winners. Here's a look at the power women of the moment, who stole our hearts. In Pic: From left, MC Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Tejaswini Sawant.
Next


Want stories like this in your inbox? Sign up for the daily ET Panache newsletter.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Also Read

Arunima Sinha, first female amputee to climb Mt. Everest, now wants to open sports academy for disabled kids

PM Modi congratulates 'pride of India' Arunima Sinha for being 1st woman amputee to climb Antarctica's highest peak Mt Vinson

Arunima Sinha conquers Mt Aconcagua in Argentina

Anurag Kashyap, Arunima Sinha among others honoured with Yash Bharti award

Comments
Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.
Download The Economic Times News App for Quarterly Results, Latest News in ITR, Business, Share Market, Live Sensex News & More.

Other useful Links


Follow us on


Download et app


Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service