Philanthropist SPS Oberoi is Delhi based Kritika's Role Model
By Bipin Sharma
17 year old Delhi based Kritika Panwar regards Dr SPS Oberoi as one of the most inspiring Philanthropists of all times. No wonder, this is why he not only happens to be her “Role Model” in life, but also someone who has inspired her to lead a life with a humanitarian mission.
Kritika who has been her school Prefect for the past two years has brought laurels to her Alma Mater in many debating competitions, inter-house quizzes and theatre plays.
She is keen to pursue Law with specialization in International Arbitration. While her ambition is to play a pivotal role as a legal advisor in the corporate sector, she nurtures the desire to be an integral part of the world renowned International Charitable Trust named Sarbat Da Bhala founded and headed by Dr Oberoi.
Sharing more on her future aspirations and why she hails Dr Oberoi as one of the most inspiring Philanthropist of all times, Kritika says, "The name Dr SPS Oberoi needs no introduction. He shot to fame when he gave the blood money for saving the lives of 17 Indian youths that had been handed the death sentence by a Sharjah civil court for murdering a Pakistan based man some years ago. If given an opportunity to do a Doctorate after the completion of my professional education, it will be undoubtedly on Dr Oberoi who is lovingly known as "Saviour Singh" all thanks to the number of human lives he has rescued from the gallows. The day is not far when
Dr Oberoi's exemplary contribution as a good Samaritan will be chosen as a "Case Study" in some premier B-school of the world.Through his International Charitable Trust named “Sarbat Da Bhala” which means “Welfare of All, Dubai based Indian businessman Oberoi has accomplished countless humanitarian missions since the last three decades. In Philanthropy, it’s the 'will', not the riches that matters and eventually makes all the difference.Over the years, Philanthropy has become a way of life for him. He was awarded the world’s first ever Causa Grand PhD in Philanthropy by the International University of Fundamental Studies (Russia). The Causa Grand PhD in Philanthropy was preceded by another big honour when Prince Marcello, the Prince of Consular Corps of the Principality of Seborga in an official ceremony chose him as their Honorary Consul General for Republic of India. With this honour, Dr Oberoi became the first Sikh to represent a European Country in India.
The turning point that led him towards Philanthropic activities in a major way was the hapless plight of the poor villagers based out of Punjab who could not afford the cost of medicines or education for their children. Albeit he had a humble beginning when he set afoot in Dubai, it was his vision and sheer hard struggle that saw him set up the Apex Group of Companies. After having launched Sarbat Da Bhala (SDB) offices in all districts of Punjab, Sarsa in Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir (Baramulla and Srinagar), 12 offices in Europe, Asia, USA and Canada, Oberoi undertook remarkable relief work in earthquake ravaged Nepal. Indubitably, Dr Oberoi has literally immortalized himself through his unparalleled contribution towards humanity. While many top business honchos indulge in philanthropy as a part of their usual customary CSR activities, Dubai based Oberoi has passionately devoted a great deal of time towards various sorts of altruistic acts as it has been an indispensable part of his life. "
Kritika is keen on pursuing International, Commercial and Corporate law with specialization on cross-border transactions and cross-cultural dispute resolution.
Continuing more on Oberoi's contribution to humanity as a Philanthropist, Kritika shares “Dr Oberoi has been doing philanthropy through his charitable Trust ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’ as well as by donating money to various organizations, establishments and NGOs all over the world. Be it supporting the cause of girl child or financially aiding the widows, the destitutes, economically weaker sections of the society, the blind organizations, the different drug de-addiction centres in Punjab, the financially deprived schools, colleges and vocational institutions through the monthly pension schemes to distribution of blankets, and undertaking medical camps, Traffic Safety Drives etc, Oberoi's life has predominately revolved and evolved through these causes for the last three decades. His Trust has hosted the mass marriages of close to 19,000 persons belonging to different caste, creed and religions. Besides the infrastructural support to various prisons of Punjab, the Trust has installed water purifiers in many prisons in India to ensure safe drinking water for the inmates. They have adopted 1000 slum children, and their daily needs to providing education are being taken care by the Trust.
I am fascinated by Dr Oberoi's relentless passion for philanthropy coupled with his enviable grit with which he executes his dream plans into reality. The fact that Oberoi has been involved in philanthropic activities since the very onset of his professional career, and not when he reached the zenith of his professional journey is what sets him apart from other philanthropists.
Sarbat Da Bhala” Trust has been working for the last many years towards the rehabilitation of widows, the destitute, the orphans, the handicapped, the EWS strata of the society, the blind organizations. Besides, the Trust has been lending pivotal support to the different drug de-addiction centres in Punjab, the financially deprived schools, colleges and vocational institutions through the monthly pension schemes. The Trust has constructed a School for Special Needs Children near Patiala that caters to around 200 students. Additionally, a hostel has been constructed for 100 ‘special needs’ students besides the hostel accommodation for 300 deaf and dumb boys and girls students on the one acre land purchased by the Trust in Patiala. Philanthropy needs to be done sans any prejudice of caste, creed or religion, and Sarbat Da Bhala Trust has never shown discrimination based on these above mentioned factors. SDB has adopted 40 Nepali orphan children, and constructed a special Centre for about 100 children in Kathmandu, Nepal which will take care of their education, lodging and boarding. SDB has been providing monthly financial support to 2500 children from slum areas, and taking care of their education as well as the major meals. Dr Oberoi has been instrumental in making a radical change to their lives even while being physically so far away from them. If success and prosperity in his professional career gave him joy and happiness, dedicating a life for the cause of the under privileged segments, and the terminally ill persons has made his life truly worthwhile. Kudos to Dr Oberoi for enlightening me to lead a life really worth living by sparing a thought for those in suffering, need and pain.”