A postgraduate law student at the University of Leicester has earned a place among the top students in the country in an awards ceremony recognising ethnic achievement.
Haresh Sood's success follows his achievement in Tomorrow's Lawyer, sponsored by commercial law firm Addleshaw Booth and Co in association with the Times, in which he came third.
Now, at the GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards, Haresh was short-listed in the Young Achievers Award and was among the final three out of 100 profiles and numerous entries.
Hollywood and Bollywood star Kabir Bedi was compere for the ceremony at the London Hilton where 650 guests were assembled, including ethnic UK media personalities.
Haresh, who is currently in Spain as part of his degree programme, said: "It was an award in itself to be short listed - and going to such a ceremony made me realise that my efforts had not been wasted.
"It has inspired me to carry on and help other people to aim to fulfil their full potential and to encourage parents from the Asian communities in particular to help their children realise their talents."
Haresh, who has an LLB from the University of Leicester which included a year in Italy as part of the course, is now engaged in an LLM programme of Higher European Legal Studies which has taken him to Spain and France during the course.
He added: "Despite my having a hidden disability, I have a positive attitude to all my work which has helped me achieve my goals in studies as well as extra curricular activities.
"Having a positive attitude is very important and encourages others with any type of disability, whether hidden or visible, to try and achieve their full potential. I hope to get this message across to the Asian communities in my future projects."
Beside his academic abilities, Haresh has a wealth of experience in the commercial sector. At the age of 17 Haresh worked with BBC Radio Nottingham and later set up his own business Haresh Sood Productions to raise funds for charity by annually staging shows, dramas, concerts and conferences.
The organisation is now involved in charity fundraising, business marketing and media and public relations.
In 1999, Haresh - himself a singer - worked with former Miss Universe and Indian film actress Sushmita Sen on a concert tour/fashion show for cancer awareness. Since establishment in 1994, Haresh Sood Productions has raised over £5000 for more than 10 charities.
The talented student from Nottingham has added to his experience through membership of a range of committees including serving as an equal opportunities officer and a Labour students chairman.
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