Indian American chief executive officer of Hayward, Calif.-based Sun Deep Cosmetics Jaswant Singh Gill has made a sizeable donation to his alma mater, Panjab University.
Gill, who graduated from the university in 1969, receiving a degree in pharmaceutical sciences, announced Nov. 4 he was donating $200,000 to the college. He went to the university courtesy of their funding.
The donation will be used to set up a corpus fund for the benefit of needy and meritorious students of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. It will be awarded to 13 students annually.
“I got a free education and scholarship at PU, and I am only trying to pay it back,” Gill said at his announcement made at the university in Chandigarh, India. “The university scholarship changed my life, and, in order to change the lives of students now, I want to help the needy students with this initiative of encouraging poor meritorious students to study pharmacy at UIPS.”
Originally from Gurdaspur, Gill enrolled at the university in 1964 on a scholarship. He earned a gold medal in the bachelor of pharmacy course at UIPS in 1967 and achieved his master’s in pharmacy in 1969.
In 1972, Gill immigrated to the United States, working in the pharmaceutical industry until establishing Sun Deep Cosmetics Inc. in 1987.
According to the company’s website, they believe customers will buy their first bottle because of the packaging but will purchase the second bottle because of the technology and quality.
Sun Deep, a private label manufacturer of personal care cosmetics, toiletries and OTC products, was started with a philosophy of making good products better and constantly raising the bar on natural ingredients. Sticking to that philosophy, the firm has nurtured consistent growth.