Mamata gets Doctorate of Literature degree

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee

The CU has announced that it will bestow the honorary D.Litt on the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, an alumnus, for her contribution to social service at its convocation on January 11.

Senior journalists who were accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on an official tour to London were allegedly caught stealing cutlery from a hotel. "Today, I am again appealing for resistance to distorting history", Banerjee said at the varsity's convocation ceremony.

"India has a diversity of origin and we should respect that", she added.

VC of North Bengal University has filed a PIL against the plans of Calcutta University. "The same people have made a decision to honour the chief minister with the honorary D.Litt", Ahmed added, reported PTI.

Earlier on Oct 25 a year ago, following a meeting of the university's Senate-Syndicate, CU's Vice-Chancellor (VC), Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee, announced to award Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with honourary D.Litt degree during the prestigious institute's convocation in south Kolkata's Nazrul Mancha. He claimed the Calcutta University's decision is "arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning".

The honour by the State university to the Chief Minister has not come without controversy, with the matter being challenged before the Calcutta High Court.

His counsel, Bikas Bhattacharya had yesterday submitted that the issues relating to the university and education itself were of public interest and as such the petition was justified to be a PIL. Advocate General Kishore Dutta said the plea was "out and out in political interest", and that "except character assassination, nothing is there", reported PTI.

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