Arunima Sinha, first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, gets honorary doctorate in the UK
Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom (UK)..
The recognition is not just for her inspiring achievements in mountaineering, but also her charitable work. Sinha is the founder of Arunima Foundation, which works to empower women, disabled people and improve health, social and economic situation for poorer communities.
Sinha, who is a former Indian national volleyball player, had her left leg amputated below the knee after she was thrown out of a train while resisting a robbery. While in hospital, she made up her mind to climb Mount Everest She trained with Bachendri Pal, who is the first Indian women to climb the world's highest peak.
Sinha reached the top of Everest in May 2013, becoming the first female amputee as well as the first Indian amputee to do so. She has also climbed the tallest mountains in Africa, Europe, Australia and South America. In 2015, she was given the Padma Shri.
Sinha hoped the honour would motivate others to work towards their goals.
I am 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. - Arunima Sinha, Amputee mountaineer
Speaking at the function, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, called Sinha "an inspiration to amputees around the world." He also said, "Not only has she shown real spirit, courage and determination in overcoming adversity, she is using her compassion and positivity to help other people."
The news has been greeted with warm and enthusiastic responses from social media. Alok Dwivedi tweeted, "The whole country is proud of you. You keep on growing continuously. You are an inspiration for youth like us." Suneel Singh Baghel said, "I consider Arunima Sinha my teacher & same is my god for me too!"