Ravenshaw University Honour Refused by SC Judge and HRD Minister

Ravenshaw University Honour Refused by SC Judge and HRD Minister

In an interesting development, Supreme Court Judge Dipak Misra and Union Human Resource Development minister M M Pallam Raju have refused to accept the honorary doctorate degree to be conferred on them by Ravenshaw University at its sixth annual convocation ceremony.

Justice Misra in his letter to the vice-chancellor of the University has cited that he holds a constitutional position and it would not be proper to accept the honorary doctorate degree. Mr. Raju, on the other hand, has politely declined it on the ground that he cannot accept it in the capacity of HRD minister.

The University authorities have made elaborate preparations for the convocation and Raju will be the chief guest at the convocation. The University also plans to appeal the HRD minister to grant central university tag to Ravenshaw.

Last year, the University had courted similar controversy over selection of industrialist Shobhana Bhartia for conferring the honorary degree, whose name was later dropped from the list of awardees.

Interestingly former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Cyriac Joseph who faced much criticism for delivering low number of judgments during his tenure spanning around three years, has been conferred a honorary doctorate degree by the Karunya University very recently. Former Chief Justice of India, Justice K G Balakrishnan was awarded six honorary doctorates while Justice H R Khanna and Justice J S Verma were awarded none.