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PU honorary degree for Lok Sabha Speaker

PU honorary degree for Lok Sabha Speaker
Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha

Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 10

A Panjab University (PU) committee has selected Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for the Doctorate of Laws (Honoris Causa).

Besides her, Prof Man Mohan Sharma, former Director of the Institute of Chemical Technology, and Prof Tejinder Singh Virdee from the Imperial College of London, have been selected for the DSc (Honoris Causa).

Mahajan belongs to the BJP and has represented Indore of Madhya Pradesh since 1989. She did her MA and LLB from Indore University. She is the second woman MP after Meira Kumar to become Speaker. From 1999 to 2002, she was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) and from 2002-2003, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. In 2003-2004, she was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Prof Man Mohan Sharma did his PhD from Cambridge University in 1964 and became Professor at the University of Bombay. Later, he became the Director of the University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), now the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), a deemed university. He served as the director for 33 years.

He is a recipient of the SS Bhatnagar Award in engineering sciences, Moullon Medal of the Institutions of Chemical Engineers, and the UK Leverhulme Medal of the Royal Society. He was given the Padma Vibhushan in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 1987. He has been the INSA president from 1989-90, Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru, Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (India), Allahabad and the fellow of the Royal Society, London. Subsequently he was elected an Honorary Fellow by the Royal Academy of Engineering and is the foreign associate of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Prof Virdee teaches at the Imperial College of London. He is known for originating the concept and overseeing the construction of the compact muon solenoid (CMS) experiment at Cern’s Large Hadron Collider with four other colleagues and has been referred to as one of the founding fathers of the project. He was elected the Fellow of the Royal Society in 2012 and was knighted in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2014.

The CMS is now one of the two largest experiments in particle physics. He was the deputy leader of the collaboration between 1993-2006 and was then elected the leader (spokesperson) in January 2007 for a period of three years.

In 2013, he got the High Energy Particle Physics Prize, Special Fundamental Physics Prize in 2012, Institute of Physics (IOP) Chadwick Prize and Medal in 2009 and the IOP High Energy Physics Prize.

Khel Ratna for Milkha Singh

The PU committee has chosen legendary athlete Milkha Singh for the Khel Ratna Award while the name of Prof Emeritus BN Goswamy has been  recommended for the Gian Rattan. Sunil Munjal, Chancellor of BML Munjal University, has been selected for the Udyog Rattan Award.

Milkha Singh was the only Indian athlete to win an individual athletics gold at the Commonwealth Games until Krishna Poonia won the discus trow gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He also won a gold in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. He represented India in the 1956, 1960 and 1964  Summer Olympics. He was given the Padma Shri in 1959.

Prof Goswamy, one of the prominent scholars in miniature painting, did his PhD from the PU in 1961. He retired from the PU and was a Senior Fellow of the National Humanities Centre, North Carolina. He was given the Padma Shri in 1998 and the Padma Bhushan in 2008.

Munjal is a joint managing director of Hero MotoCorp Ltd and the chairman of Hero Corporate Services Ltd. His name has been inscribed on The Royal Society of Medicine’s Wall of Honour at London in recognition of his contribution to affordable health care. 

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