Chittagong University on Tuesday (Jan 16) conferred an honourary Doctor of Letters (D. Litt) degree on the visiting former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the university campus. Vice-Chancellor of CU Prof Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury conferred the degree on Pranab through a special convocation ceremony. CU Pro-VC Prof Shirin Akhtar, acting registrar Prof Dr Kamrul Huda among others attended the programme, local media reports said.
Speaking on the occasion, Pranab emphasised on research based higher education and said that he expects CU would eventually become an institution of excellence in higher education, attracting talented people from across the world, and would produce scientists and economists who would contribute to the global development. He also thanked the CU authorities for conferring the D. Litt degree on him.
Pranab, who served as the 13th president of India and is now enjoying his retirement by reading books and writing his diary, will meet President Md. Abdul Hamid on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pranab met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban on Monday.
Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a private visit. He will leave for New Delhi by a Jet Airways flight on Thursday.