The Human and Resource Development Ministry has turned down a request by Jamia Millai Islamia (JMI) of Delhi to confer Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan with an honorary doctorate.
The HRD ministry evoked such a move citing the Bollywood actor already been honoured with the same degree from a different institution.
Last year, JMI had written to the HRD and reponsed to an RTI query on HRD’s reply, “JMI wrote to HRD for conferring Honoris Causa to Shahrukh Khan. The HRD did not agree as he has already been conferred the degree by Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANNU) in 2016.”
The HRD said such practice is normally “discouraged” and the actor was a final year student at JMI in mass communication research centre.
The Bollywood actor failed to appear for the examination as his attendance was short.