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Laxman, Sharada Prasad get doctorates

MYSORE, MARCH 8. The 88-year-old Mysore University has created history by honouring its illustrious alumni by going to their doorsteps to confer honorary doctorates on them.

The university conferred the doctorates on the noted journalist and former press adviser to three Prime Ministers, H.Y. Sharada Prasad, and the renowned cartoonist, R.K. Laxman.

The two alumni, now in their 80s and in indifferent health, could not go over to Mysore to receive the honour at the university's convocation held two months ago.

Instead, the Governor and Chancellor, T.N. Chaturvedi, and the Vice-Chancellor, J. Shashidar Prasad, thought it better to honour the distinguished personalities at their doorsteps.

Accordingly, Sharada Prasad was honoured in New Delhi on March 3 and Laxman was conferred with a doctorate degree at a function in Mumbai on March 8.

Both these functions were touching for these two alumni, who overwhelmed with emotion over the gesture of the university, were in tears, Prof. Shashidar Prasad said. — PTI

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