CU confers D. Litt degree on Pranab

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PV Desk : Chittagong University on Tuesday honoured the visiting former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee with a Doctor of Letters (D. Litt) degree through a special convocation ceremony.

Vice Chancellor of the Chittagong University Prof Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury conferred the degree on Pranab at the university campus.

CU Pro-VC Prof Shirin Akhtar, among others, attended the convocation conducted by CU acting registrar Prof Dr Kamrul Huda.

Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee reached Chittagong on Tuesday morning.

Iqbal Bahar, superintendent of Chittagong Police (SP), Zillur Rahman, deputy commissioner of the district and other higher officials received Pranab.

The former Indian President, a great friend of Bangladesh, reached Shah Amanat International Airport at 11am and he was later taken to hotel Radisson Blu at 12pm, said Saleh Mohammad Tanvir, additional commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.

Meanwhile, Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) will honour Pranab with ‘city key’ at a function on Tuesday evening. CCC Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin will hand over the key to Pranab.

Pranab, who served as the 13th president of India and now enjoying his retired life by reading books and writing his diary, will meet President Abdul Hamid on Wednesday evening.

The former Indian President, a family friend of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on a private visit.

The former Indian President leaves for New Delhi by a Jet Airways flight at 10:20am on Thursday.