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Sat 11 Jul 2009 02:56 PM

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Bollywood superstar conferred UK doctorate

Indian film actor Shah Rukh Khan is conferred honorary doctorate by Bedfordshire University.

Bollywood superstar conferred UK doctorate
DR KHAN: The 43-year-old actor was presented the degree for his contribution to culture. (Getty Images)

Indian film superstar Shah Rukh Khan is now Dr Shah Rukh Khan. The country’s leading film actor was presented an honorary doctorate in arts and culture by the Bedfordshire University on Friday.

The 43-year-old actor was presented the degree for his contribution to culture.

Les Ebdon, vice chancellor of the university, presented the honorary doctorate to Khan, according to Agencies reports. Dressed in the traditional scholar’s robe, the Indian superstar looked slightly bemused as he walked into the hall in a procession of scholars led by Ebdon, they added.

Khan was nominated by Routes to Roots, an NGO that works across the SAARC region to bring South Asian people together, for the doctorate “in recognition of his exceptional achievement as a film actor and producer”.

Indian High Commissioner Shiv Shankar Mukherjee and Rakesh Gupta of Routes 2 Roots were also present on the occasion.

According to the Hindustan Times, Bedfordshire University, whose 29,000 students include 1,300 from India, was ranked second in Britain for dance, sixth for journalism and 11th for marketing accounts in a 2008 national survey.  

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Proud to be indian 11 years ago

Congratulations shah rukh khan, as much as i love bollywood and my best friend loves shahrukh khan this is a joke, im sure people who really take care of the culture and environment need to be honoured in my opinion

SS 11 years ago

I wonder what would the real doctors who spend years of hard work and research to gain that title have to say for sharing this priviledge with someone who gained it by dancing around monotonously!!! Sigh!