Lord Sheikh attended a reception organised by the Council for Education in the Commonwealth in the House of Lords. He met and conversed with the Scholars from the Commonwealth and stressed the importance of educational and cultural ties between the Commonwealth countries. He also stressed the importance of the links between Universities in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries. He made the point that the Commonwealth binds people because of the history, commonality and the legal system. He also made the point that he has a background in business and academia and hence the matter of education was very dear to him.