Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2012

Assam University to confer honorary degree on Pranab Mukherjee

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Assam University, Silchar will be conferring an honorary academic degree on Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister for Finance on university’s 12th convocation to be held on March 6, 2012. Assam governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik will be the chief guest at the convocation ceremony.

Mukherjee will be awarded the degree for his “outstanding contribution in the field of statesmanship and economic regeneration of the country”, a source said. The sources added, “However, he will not be able to come down to Silchar on the day of convocation as the budget session will be going on. Piyush Mukherjee, his elder brother will accept the honoris causa on his behalf.”

Other eminent persons who will be awarded the degree include Somendra Banarjee, professor of Visva-Bharati University, Hasan Azizul Huq, a Bangladeshi writer, Kaushik Basu, a reputed economist who is currently the chief economic adviser to the Centre, Barid Baran Bhattacharya, a leading economist and former vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, Mamoni Raisom Goswami, an Assamese writer and scholar, and Prof Arun Kumar Sharma for his contribution to the subject botany.

[Source : Times of India]