Russian President Medvedev gets Ph.D.degree of Jawaharlal Nehru University

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Dmitry Medvedev

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India’s premier research oriented postgraduate university has decided to award an honorary Ph.D. degree to Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev, for his contributions to public life.

If Medvedev gives his consent, the university will organise a special convocation to confer the award during Medvedev’s planned visit to India in 2012.

According to media reports, Jawaharlal Nehru University rector Ramaksikari Kumar said that a decision was made to give him the University’s Ph.D.decree during Medvedev’s visit to India last year.

President Medvedev has earlier been awarded with justice doctorate of St.Petersburg State University and honorary Doctor of Laws of South Korea University.

Medvedev is a graduate from the Law Department of Leningrad State University (now Saint Petersburg State University) and was a teacher at his alma mater, where he taught civil and Roman law until 1999. Medvedev started his political career in November 1999,  as deputy chief of staff for Russian Presidential administration. He became first Deputy Prime Minister in 2005, and later was elected President in 2008 succeeding Vladimir Putin.

Medvedev is widely regarded as more liberal than his predecessor and he has undertaken a wide-ranging modernisation programme, aiming at modernising Russia’s economy and society, and lessening the country’s reliance on oil and gas. During Medvedev’s tenure, Russia emerged victorious in the 2008 South Ossetia war and recovered from the late-2000s recession. Recognising corruption as one of Russia’s most severe problems, Medvedev has launched an anti-corruption campaign and initiated a substantial law enforcement reform. In foreign policy, his main achievements include the signing of the New START treaty, a “reset” of the Russia – United States relations which were severely strained following Russia’s war with Georgia, as well as increasing Russia’s cooperation with the BRICS-countries.

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