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President Jagdeo Receives Another Doctorate from where?

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The administration and the ruling party have been reveling in the award of another honorary doctorate conferred on President Bharat Jagdeo in India on February 8th. While this is the second honorary doctorate for the president, the first was from his alma mater in Russia, what has not been said is that this latest conferral is from a University that is trying to make a name for itself.

In fact the University has only been in existence for a few years now since 2003 and has indicated that one of its objectives is to be recognized as one of the leading institutes of higher learning in India in the next five years and gain recognition in the global arena.

And clearly the University has been using high profile Indians both in India and in the Diaspora to support its objective. At the convocation ceremony in Mumbai, Jagdeo joined with another Indian who is well known in Guyana, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan who was in charge of the Iwokrama Project when then President Desmond Hoyte initiated it. Dr. Swaminathan was the Chief Guest at the ceremony billed as the 5th Convocation of the fledgling university.

The university has run into some problems however, there are concerns in India that it ought to de-recognized because of some discrepancies in both the administration of some faculties and research work. There is also the charge that families rather than professional academics control the functioning of the institution. The Dr. D.Y Patil University that conferred the degree on the Champion of the Earth President Bharat Jagdeo makes sure that is “All in the Family” management, its founder is Dr D.Y Patil, the Chancellor is Shri Vijay Patil and Dr. Ajeenkya Patil is its pro-chancellor.

President Jagdeo was given an honorary Doctor of Literature from the University. The University did not specific for which category of Literature Jagdeo received the award.

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