LAHORE - Former Labour MP, and now Punjab Governor, Ch Mohammad Sarwar will receive an honorary Doctorate from the University of West of Scotland (UWS) at its graduation ceremony on Thursday 10 July 2014 at the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland, said: “We are delighted to award Mohammad Sarwar with an honorary Doctorate. He has made a hugely important contribution to Scottish society and is a fitting recipient of this award.”

Prime Minister Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif also has an honorary degree of Doctorate from the University of Punjab.

Providing education to the masses has always been a passion with Sarwar. He has been working with UN envoy Mr Gordon Brown to provide free education to the millions of children who are out of schools. Sarwar has also led the campaign to increase Pakistan’s export revenue in billions by helping Pakistan achieve the GSP+ [Generalized scheme of Preference] status with the help of the MEPs.

Sarwar is a Director of two highly successful businesses, United Wholesale Scotland, the premier Cash and Carry operator in Scotland, and the Perth-based family entertainment centre, Kidz Kingdom.

During his career as an MP, Sarwar started a charity called UCare foundation and under its banner has built two modern hospitals in Pakistan that benefit thousands. To promote education, he has also built a modern school for under privileged children in Pakistan.

In August 2013, he was appointed as the Governor of Punjab, Pakistan and soon after his appointment, Sarwar launched an initiative to provide clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of school children and communities who today are suffering due to water borne diseases that include hepatitis, typhoid, cholera etc. and cholera. Mohammed Sarwar was born in Faisalabad in Pakistan and received his education at Government College Faisalabad. In 1976 he moved to Scotland, and married his cousin Parveen Sarwar, with whom he has three sons and a daughter. Sarwar stood as a Labour candidate for Glasgow City council election in 1992 and was elected as a councillor on a seat that was held by the Conservative party for 28 years.

In 1997 he was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament, first from Glasgow Govan & then from Glasgow Central. Sarwar was the first Muslim MP of UK Parliament & Scotland’s first ethnic minority MP.  He remained a member of the British Parliament till 2010. Sarwar later held the posts of the Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Scotland [2003] and Chairman of the Scottish Affairs Parliamentary Select Committee (2005).