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Stalin, Rahman, Annadurai conferred honorary doctorates

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

Anna University Chennai , 02 Aug. (Asiantribune.com): The Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M.K.Stalin, Music Maestro A.R.Rahman and noted Space Scientist Mylswamy Annadurai have been conferred Honorary Doctorates (Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by the Anna University on Saturday.

Governor and Chancellor of the Anna University Surjit Singh Barnala gave away the honorary degrees at a special convocation, held in connection with Perarignar Anna Centenary, after whom the university bears the name. The special convocation was held at the Centenary Auditorium of the University of Madras in the presence of Dr. K. Ponmudy, Tamil Nadu Ministrer for Higher Education and Pro-Chancellor of Anna University.

This is the first honorary doctorate conferred of Stalin, a graduate of the Madras University. For the Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, this is the third doctorate after he won two Oscars for Hollywood movie "Slumdog Millionaire". The first was from Aligarh Muslim University and the second from London's Middlesex University. For the Chandrayan project director M. Annadurai, after his successful launch of Chandrayan, honours have been pouring in.

The degrees were conferred on Stalin for his contribution to the state's administration, and on Rahman and Annadurai for their achievements in the realm of music and space technology respectively, the Anna University Vice Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar said.

Convocation address was given by Dr. M. Anandakrishnan, former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University and Thavathiru Kundrakudi Ponnambala Adigalar.

Tamil Nadu universities normally give to chief ministers of the state honorary doctorates. M. Karunanidhi, M.G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa who have previously occupied the post, have been conferred the honour while in power.

- Asian Tribune -

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