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Calcutta varsity confers D Litt on Mamata Banerjee

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The today conferred an honorary D Litt on in recognition of her social service, amid a in the high challenging the varsity's decision.

The hearing on the PIL remained inconclusive today and the plea would be taken up by the tomorrow.

"The is conferring D Litt on Banerjee, an alumnus of the university, in recognition of her social service," Sonali Chakraborty said.

In an obvious reference to the PIL filed in the Calcutta High Court, she said, in her convocation address, "I had faced disrespect from some quarters since my early days and was wondering whether I should be attending the convocation."

The 63-year-old said, "I would have made a mistake had I not attended this function at Nazrul Manch. I feel humbled to be honoured by an institution such as the Calcutta University, which has gifted many luminaries to Bengal and the country over the years."

She said, "I was persuaded by Higher and the university authorities. You have honoured me and I feel deeply humbled."

said, "I can assure you that I will keep this honour on a high pedestal till my last days...I will never use this D Litt for professional reasons." she

In his speech, K N Tripathi, who conferred the D Litt on Banerjee, said, "The university is honouring personalities for their contributions in various fields."

Petitioner Ranjugopal Mukherjee, a former of the university, has claimed that the decision to confer the award on the was arbitrary and opaque.

His counsel, had yesterday submitted that the issues relating to the university and education itself were of public interest and as such the petition was justified to be a PIL.

had told a division bench comprising J Bhattacharya and Justice that the decision to confer the honorary degree was taken by the syndicate and of the university and there was no sufferance of public interest.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 17:35 IST