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University of Leicester student shortlisted for Miss India UK

University of Leicester postgraduate student Bhavna Parmar was selected as a finalist in the Miss India UK competition held in the county on March 6. Although not chosen as the winner, she achieved success in reaching the finals.

The finals entitled ‘Women of Distinction’ took place at ‘Stardust’ in Coalville, Leicestershire. The winner has the opportunity of representing the United Kingdom in the Miss India Worldwide Finals taking place in Delhi later on this year.

Vanita Panchal, the National Director of Miss India UK and Queens Achievement Award winner said: "The standard of entries was very high, we received over 300 entries and auditioned 50, of which the 24 fantastic finalists were selected and excelled in the areas of beauty, talent, and intelligence collectively and who were truly ‘Women of Distinction’".

Bhavna, who read for a Masters degree in Criminology and is a sub-warden at a University hall, submitted the following entry for the competition:

Bhavna Parmar
Height: 5'3
From: Leeds
Profession: Student - MSc Criminal Psychology
Achievements: HND Caring Services, BA (Hons) Social Work, DIPSW
Received: 2 trophies for performing solo dance for audience of 3,000
Won: Best Raas Garba dance at age of 16
Elected: Student representative for the duration of my course at University

As a Subwarden, I have the responsibility of looking after 400 students in my Halls. I have undertaken in depth therapeutic work with abused children, enabling them to deal and move on from their traumatic experience, and provided educational support for children with learning and physical disabilities.

Worked in an Adoption agency, I undertook many responsibilities, including finding and placing many parentless children in a suitable family.

I have provided therapeutic support in ex offenders drug rehabilitation unit.

I have organised a cultural community event for asian women who have experienced domestic violence.

I regard all the above as a personal achievement because I sincerely believe that helping others is the biggest achievement that one could ever experience!

I was a prime target for bullies due to certain aspects of my life. I lost all my self confidence and believed that I wasn't capable of achieving any of the aims that I had set out to do in my life. However, with the strong support of my family, and my sheer determination, I have now gained tremendous confidence. Not only have I reached the educational level that I potentially aimed for, but I have been selected as a finalist for Miss UK India which I regard as an achievement!

Hobbies: gym, travelling, shopping, socialising
Special interests: dancing, choreography, designing clothes

I have a caring and friendly manner. I am bubbly, and honest. Very family oriented, yet also outgoing and adventurous always looking to broaden my horizons. I see myself as an independent and strong minded individual who is not afraid to rise to a challenge!

Ambition: To be a leading criminal psychologist and source of inspiration to the younger generation. I am interested modelling, TV presenting and acting.

For further information on the Miss India UK event visit

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