Asansol (West Bengal), May 26: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on Saturday conferred a honorary Doctorate of Literature by the Kazi Nazrul University here. University Vice Chancellor Sadhan Chakrabarti handed out the degree to Sheikh Hasina at a special convocation, in which a number of senior ministers of her cabinet and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee were present.
The Vice Chancellor, who presided over the function in the absence of the indisposed Chancellor — Governor K.N. Tripathi — said the Bangladesh Prime Minister was honoured in recognition of her outstanding contribution towards building a democratic society free from exploitation and disparity, for empowering women, alleviating poverty and promoting socio-economic development, which were the ideals of poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Dedicating the honour to all Bengalis, Hasina said she agreed to attend the function only because the university was named after Nazrul - the national poet of Bangladesh - whose 120th birthday was being celebrated in West Bengal on Saturday. Bangladesh had marked the occasion on Friday. “However, when I was requested to attend this programme to receive the honorary degree, the only reason I agreed was because it is named after Nazrul Islam. This is an honour for our entire countrymen. Nazrul is there in the heart of one and all. (IANS)