Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, wanted to confer Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan with an honorary degree.
But, the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) is reported to have declined a request from the university, saying that the actor has already received one from a different university.
It stated that although there are no fixed rules regarding awarding of such degrees multiple times, the practice is usually discouraged.
Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) was a master’s student of JMI’s Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), but could not appear for his final year exam due to shortage of attendance.
SRK was reported to have given his consent to the proposal of an honorary degree.
Honorary Degree For Shah Rukh Khan
The actor had received an honorary degree from the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANNU) in December, 2016.
The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, also conferred a degree on Shah Rukh Khan on October, 2015. The award was presented to him in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism, humanitarianism and his global reach.
SRK is part of a long list of Bollywood celebrities who have been honoured with the honorary degrees. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Amitabh Bachchan received an honorary degree from the Jhansi University while Delhi University also conferred its alumnus with the degree in 2007.
This was probably the first time that Delhi University presented the degree to a film personality.
De Montfort University had also given Big B an honorary degree for his contribution to the film industry in India and professionalism.
In 2007, Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with a doctorate degree by Leeds Metropolitan University.
He also received it from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, which he had turned down earlier as a mark of protest against racial attacks on Indian students.
He is also a recipient of the degree from Eygptian Academy of Arts as well as Jodhpur National University and Academy of Arts.
Shabana Azmi had received a doctorate from the Jadavpur University in West Bengal in 2003 and Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom in 2007.
A year later, Jamia Milia Islamia presented the actor with her third doctorate degree on 30 October 2008.
Simon Fraser University also conferred a degree on her in 2013 while Shabana was honoured with the doctorate degree of TERI University in 2014.
For the actress’ contribution to cultural diversity, Leeds University, UK, conferred Shilpa Shetty with an honorary doctorate degree.
She was then probably the youngest actor from the Indian film fraternity to be honoured with such degree in 2007.
Bollywood actor Ashkay Kumar was bestowed with an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Windsor in Canada.
In recognition of his social work in India and Canada, he was awarded with the degree in Ontario on in May 2008.
The Bollywood actress was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the University of East London for her contributions to the film industry and humanitarian acts in October, 2010.
An international actress, pioneering star of Hindi cinema and devoted humanitarian, Preity Zinta has carved a path for women to follow worldwide.
– The Citation
Actress Vidya Balan was conferred with an honorary degree by the Ahmedabad-based institute Rai University in 2015.
The award was presented for her exceptional contribution to the Indian film industry and for her contribution to empowering womanhood in the country.
In April 2010, Javed Akhtar was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Pondicherry.
Oscar winning music composer AR Rahman was bestowed with three honorary degrees from Anna University, Middlesex University and Aligarh University in 2009.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Berklee College of Music presented him with the doctorate degrees in 2014.
The Berklee College also established a scholarship in his name to help bring students from India to Berklee.
- Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
- Shivaji University
- Pune University
- Khairagarh Music University
- Hyderabad University
- New York University
- Baroda University
(Note- All the photos are courtesy the respective Twitter handles.)