Modi declines BHU’s doctorate degree with ‘all humility’


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declined to accept the doctorate degree offered by the Banaras Hindu University.

Speaking at a function at the BHU on Monday, Modi said, “Mujhe university se chhitthi aayi thi doctorate ki lekin maine vinamrata poorvak naa kaha. Mere liye yahan(BHU) aana hi ek bohot saubhagya ki baat hai. (The university had written to me offering me with a doctorate degree but I declined it with all humility. For, just to be here is a matter of hoour.)”

The BHU had proposed to felicitate Modi with a degree of Doctor of Law during its convocation ceremony later this month.

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The university had invited him to be the chief guest at its centennial year convocation.

BHU had proposed to confer on him a degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa) in recognition of his ‘yeoman services as an innovator, reformer and an outstanding leader in public service and governance.’

Modi’s academic degrees have always been shrouded in secrecy with the officials refusing to divulge any information, even under the RTI.

Not so long ago, had reported how the Gujarat University had rejected an RTI request seeking details on his Masters’ degree.

On previous occasions, both the PMO and the Election Commission had done the same.