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Honorary doctorate for Balachander, Shiv Nadar

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Film director K. Balachander and HCL Technologies founder Shiv Nadar are among 10 eminent personalities who will receive honorary doctorate during the 150th convocation of the University of Madras on Monday.

Mr. Balachander will be honoured with a D.Litt degree for his contribution to arts and culture. Mr. Nadar will be awarded a D.Sc degree for his efforts in promoting software technology.

Others who will be honoured with D.Sc degree are, C.R. Rao, emeritus professor of statistics at the Pennsylvania State University (statistical science); C.U. Velmurugan (medicine); and former Madras University Vice-Chancellor M. Santappa (science and technology).

D.Litt degree

Among those who will receive D.Litt degree are, B. Sivanthi Adityan, director of the Daily Thanthi newspaper group (journalism and sports development) and V.I. Subramoniam of the International School of Dravidian Linguistics (Tamil language and literature).

A.K. Rajan, former judge of the Madras High Court; educational administrator Umayal Ramanathan; and Santhalinga Ramaswamy Adigalar will receive L.L.D degree for their contributions to law, philanthropy and religion.

Four academics — M. Naganathan, vice-chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission; S. Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Madras; and H. Devaraj and N. Munuswamy, professors of Zoology at the University of Madras — will be conferred ‘earned’ D.Sc degree for their research in economics, coastal studies, zoology and biochemistry.

A. Ekambaranathan, head of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, the University of Madras, will be given an ‘earned’ D.Litt.

A total of 59, 019 candidates, 58,535 in absentia, will receive their degree during the convocation to be addressed by Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Mr. Ramachandran told reporters on Saturday. Two hundred and ninety candidates would get Ph.D degree and 86 academic merit medals would be given away.

In keeping with the trend over the past few years, more women than men would receive their degree. Among the prize winners, 62 were women and 41 men. Among the rank holders, 52 were women and 34 men.

Among those receiving distance education degrees, there would be 5,930 women and 4,317 men. From autonomous colleges, 8,680 women and 4,354 men would receive degree.

The convocation would be held at the University Centenary Auditorium.

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