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FROM PUNJAB TO USA
Born in Bharatpur where his father was on deputation with
the Maharaja's State Govt, Swarn was in Lahore at the time
of India's independence. His later schooling was in Punjab
at Ferozepur, Ludhiana and finally Amritsar for matriculation.
Post F.Sc. from Punjab University College, Hoshiarpur, Swarn
obtained his Engineering degree from the Indian School of
Mines, Dhanbad. There after in 1958, he went to USA for higher
studies. In February, 1960, he moved to Ohio and West Virginia
with Hanna Coal for work experience. The Company offered to
sponsor him for US citizenship but he opted to return in deference
to the promise made to his parents - it needed explanation
to his seniors in the Company that he, indeed, liked USA but
was returning due other reasons. Before coming back Swarn
visited Europe where he also had an opportunity for work experience
in mining industry in Austria.
Swarn, as teenager. Family photo in Batala before
departure for USA
A SOCIETY FORTNIGHTLY MAGAZINE - Swarn’s Departure
was flashed all across India
The Assistantship normally did not cover the summer holidays
but the Mining Dept was helpful in employment on special consideration.
Teaching was somewhat daunting in the beginning but soon turned
out to be fun. Student mannerism was some what annoying but
one soon realized it wasn't personal but just the typical
casual mannerism of Americans. But studies were a serious
business due high costs and only committed joined the University.
Life in the University town was fun. I had my two year senior...