Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mamata Banerjee receives D Litt from Calcutta varsity

Mamata Banerjee receives D Litt from Calcutta varsity

Earlier on Oct 25 previous year, following a meeting of university's Senate-Syndicate, CU's Vice-Chancellor (VC), Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee, announced to award Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with honourary D.Litt degree for her contribution towards Arts, Literature and Social Services on Jan 11, during the prestigious institute's convocation in south Kolkata's Nazrul Mancha. Mamata, an alumnus of the university, was recognised for her work in social service. "History should not be distorted", she said.

Meanwhile, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Calcutta High Court challenging the University's move to confer the honourary doctorate on Banerjee. "India has diversity of origin and we should respect that".

Mukherjee said in his petition that since the members of the university senate are appointed by the state government, which is headed by Banerjee, they can not decide to honour her with the honorary degree.

A petition in the Calcutta High Court this week, filed by Ranjugopal Mukherjee, formerly a professor of the university had challenged the university's decision.

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He said as the matter is sub judice, the varsity should have refrained from awarding the honorary degree to Banerjee.

In his speech, state Governor and university Chancellor KN Tripathi, who conferred the D Litt on Banerjee, said, "The university is honouring personalities for their contributions in various fields".

Appearing for the university, counsel Saktinath Mukherjee submitted that the petition lacked "justifiability" and should be rejected at the outset.

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