BUSINESSMAN AND PHILANTHROPIST - DR SURINDER PAL SINGH OBEROI
Glimpse|February - March 2020
Dr Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi is the Chairman of the Apex Group of Companies with offices in Burj Khalif and in Dubai. He is also Managing Trustee of Sarbat Da Bhala Charitable Trust in Patiala. The Apex Group was established in 1993 under the patronage of Dr Oberoi.
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One of the group entities—Apex Emirates General Trading Co LLC— provides full support to various professional engineering services. It has an ever-growing specialized product range of all kind of pumps, engines, piling and anchoring equipment, and accessories. The firm has been successful in offering the latest technology-based equipment and accessories for piling, anchoring and dewatering fields. Its mission is to make positive and active contribution for best and accessible service to its new and existing customers. The group aims to introduce more state-of-the-art material, machiners and equipments to cater to customer requirements.

Dr Singh has been conferred with the world’s first Honorary Causa Grand Ph.D in Philanthropy by the International University of Fundamental Studies (IUFS) in recognition of his contribution to dedicated socio-economic transformation. He is the first Indian to be appointed as Consul General of Seborga, a European nation, in India. He has been honoured with over 700 awards by many social and educational organizations of national as well as international repute. He has been appointed member of Ararat International Academy of Sciences in recognition of his services for the advancement of Science and Culture. Through his Trust, he remains a leader in philanthropy. He came forward to help a group that had been sentenced to death in Sharjah.

LIFE SAVIOUR

Dr.Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi - who worked hard to build a business empire of sorts - also came forward to help youth from India and other countries who faced imprisonment for minor accidents and petty crimes. He also facilitated the return of young men to their home towns in Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh and Ethiopia following their release. The Sharjah jail authorities felicitated him twice for his endeavour. Dr.Oberoi has been deeply involved in philanthropy but did not want to attract limelight for his pursuits.

The group members had been involved in fighting. He was moved by the pleas of the mothers of these wards and from his own personal savings he paid USD 2.2 million to save the lives of these sentenced group members. Even though it was at the cost of his business, he says that he could do so because of the Grace of Waheguru. He said, “It was a usual day on 30th March, I was in Dubai and on my desk the newspaper was lying, so like my everyday routine I started glancing through the newspaper and the news of people being imprisoned and given death sentence in Dubai and Sharjah. I read and set the newspaper aside but that news kept on haunting me. The news left me thinking of the emotional trauma and stress their families back home in Punjab, India, must have been experiencing. I was quite disturbed and decided to take up their case.”

He added, “There were total 109 people involved and the total number of cases were 23. Not only this, but 74 people were also given death sentence. So I took the initiative to fight the legal battle single-handled and meanwhile I supported their families financially. It took me three and a half years to solve it”.

He then granted them a regular financial assistance to the tune of Rs 10,000 per month (per family) and adopted the children for free education. He subsequently set up Modi Khanas in Dubai and Sharjah where people, irrespective of nationality, can get free ration for 15 days. His Trust has worked all over India and overseas, and sponsored brilliant children for higher education, offered pension to old women, widows and monthly support to NGOs and infrastructural support to educational institutions and jails.

SAVED HUMAN LIVES:

* Saved life of 109 boys from death penalty & life imprisonment in Arab Jails. Out of them, 50 Punjabi boys, 1 Haryanvi, 3 Hyderabadi, 1 Gujarati, 1 Bihari, 1 Maharashtrian, 11 Pakistani, 1 Pilipino, &5 Bangladeshi all have reached their home countries.

* 17 Indian boys reached their home in February 2013.

* More than 860 Airline tickets were provided to the prisoners.

* Took initiative of arranging air ambulance to fly the critically injured LPU Student YannickNihangaza (23) to his native country and also donated $1000 to his father.

* Beared all the expenses including hospital and transit fees of Shamsher Singh who died while returning from war-torn Iraq announced to give Rs. 10,000 every month to the deceased family and also promised to bear the education expenses of his younger brothers Jugraj Singh and Rajwinder Singh.

* 27 unclaimed dead bodies of Indians(Sikh, Hindu & Muslim) who died in accidents had been brought back to India from Sharjah and Dubai. Their families completed their last rituals &were provided financial & educational help as per their requirement.

IF YOU STOP STRUGGLING THEN YOU STOP LIFE

The Incredible Journey of Dr.Oberoi.

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds”.Dr.Oberoi lives by this quote by Orison Swett Marden and has turned his business and life into the dream he had once saw with open eyes.

Dr.Oberoi was born in Nangal on 13th of April 1956, on the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi. Since childhood he was more into practical work, something that always attracted him was to help his friends and other people of the society. He finished off with his high school and did his course in Engine Mechanic. He always wanted to stand on his feet without taking anyone’s help, so one day he decided to go away from home to make his dreams come true. While sharing this tale from childhood we could see that shine in his eyes. He said, “I told my father that I want to explore and fulfil my dreams, so my dad gave me a thousand rupee note and told me in clear language that come back home only once you are on your feet”.

He added, “I went away from home and sooner the money my father had given me to start my life was finished, not even a penny was left. I was in Sundarnagar on that time with a friend, who was holding on to the similar dreams as of mine, but we had no way left then going back. So he continuously insisted me to go back with him but I was very stubborn in nature and I had promised my dad too, so there was some road work was going on, the labour was paid Rs 13 per day for ploughing the road. My mind started working and as I wasn’t ready to go back, so my friend too stood by me and we both went to work there as a labourer. My salary was Rs 13 per day in the year 1975, luck by chance there was a man passing by where we both were working, so he called us up and asked us that why we are working here and our background, whereabouts and so on”.

He further stated, “This man was from the Department of Public Relations, so he took us to his office and offered us to give him a job interview and luckily we both cleared and got the job of Rs 392 as Engine Mechanic”.

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