Delhi University’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh will be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh this summer in a special ceremony. The news was confirmed by Prof. Timothy O’Shea, who is the Vice-Chancellor of University of Edinburgh.
He is being given this doctorate in order to felicitate, ‘his inspirational leadership of University of Delhi’. The two universities share an active partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding which has in the past facilitated many joint research projects as well as students exchange programmes. They have also come together with training programmes for teachers such as D-LITE.
Mixed reaction have come in after the news broke. “Does he really deserve an honorary doctorate after the alleged introduction of FYUP which has been criticised all over?”, said Rhea*, a student pursuing honours degree from DU. Though some have favoured the Professor, “He is an academician first and has taken up several initiatives to promote education”, said Simran* who is currently pursuing Geography Honours from Miranda House.
Prof. Dinesh Singh, who was the center of controversy last year for the introduction of Four Year Undergraduate Programme was also bestowed with Padma Shri by the Government of India earlier this year. He will also be receiving the Honorary Doctorate of Science by National University of Ireland Cork on June 6, 2014.
*Names have been changed on request of anonymity]]>