First Woman Amputee To Scale Everest Gets Honorary Doctorate
Her journey seems unreal. Just after two years of her losing a leg in an accident, she climbed the Mount Everest. She became the first women amputee in the world to do so. There was no stopping Arunima Sinha after that. Arunima trained under Bachendri Pal, the first woman to climb Mount Everest. Arunima has climbed the tallest peaks of Africa, Europe, Australia and South America.
The gutsy mountaineer has been recently awarded an honorary doctorate by a prestigious UK university for her unbelievable achievements. The University of Strathclyde honoured Sinha with the award at a graduation ceremony in Glasgow. Talking about the award, Arunima said, “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.”
“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.
The 30-year-old was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2015 for her extraordinary achievements.
The Arunima Foundation
The award given to her also considered the charitable work conducted through The Arunima Foundation. The Foundation aims to empower women and uplift socially backward classes and ‘Divyang Jan’. It also strives to spread health awareness, environmental services, skill development and more.
Arunima has become an inspiration to all women out there, making it clear to them that no hurdle can stop them from achieving their dreams. Her life is a living example of bravery, determination and persistence.
Rachna Chandira is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv