May 19, 2009 12:00:48 PM IST Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
As was reported a few months back (February to be precise), Aligarh Muslim University, one of India's most prestigious university, was to grant a doctorate degree to music maestro, A. R. Rahman, on March 25, during the annual convocation. The PRO of the university, Rahat Abrar had said, ''We have decided to celebrate Rahman's Oscar victory by presenting him the doctorate degree at the upcoming annual convocation, to be organized on the campus on March 25.''
The decision to award D. Lit (Honoris Causa) was taken by the varsity's executive council. Other eminent personalities who were to be honoured included Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata group, Professor M.S. Swaminathan, father of green revolution and noted Urdu academecian and writer Padma Shri (2004) and Padma Bhushan (1991), Professor Gopichand Narang .
However, due to the general elections, the annual convocation was postponed and the new date has been fixed as 7th June 2009, and we have telephonically confirmed from the PRO of AMU that A. R. Rahman and Professor Gopichand Narang have given their consent and will therefore be present in Aligarh on June 7th to take part in the annual convocation.
While Ratan Tata and Professor M. S. Swaminathan are yet to give their go-ahead, it would indeed be an honour for the literary circle of the university to come face-to-face with the Oscar winner and music wizard A. R. Rahman and Professor Narang. And we will make it a point to be there to tell you all about their visit to the university.
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