Edinburgh Univ awards honorary degree to SRK
LONDON: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
The 49-year-old Chennai Express star, who has appeared in more than 80 films, was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor.
His charitable work includes bringing solar power to rural villages in India, creating a children’s ward at a Mumbai hospital and supporting relief funds to assist areas devastated by tsunamis.
“It is a pleasure to be honoured by the University of Edinburgh and tread in the footsteps of so many of the world’s illustrious thinkers, leaders and personalities. To have the opportunity to address one of the most esteemed educational institutions in the world is a special moment,” said Khan after receiving the honour.
“I look forward to the University continuing on its path as a great civic university, demonstrated by its partnership with India, addressing health, academic and research excellence and social justice. I hope that many more of India and South Asia’s brightest minds get a chance to learn, think and grow at Edinburgh.”
Khan also gave a public lecture, which was attended by the University’s South Asian students.