Aligarh Muslim University to honour A.R. Rahman

February 25th, 2009 - 5:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Slumdog MillionaireLucknow, Feb 25 (IANS) Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will confer a doctorate degree on music maestro A.R. Rahman, who created history by becoming the first Indian to bag two Oscars, varsity officials said Wednesday.
“We have decided to celebrate Rahman’s Oscar victory by presenting him the doctorate degree at the upcoming annual convocation to be organised on the campus Mar 25,” AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar told IANS on telephone.

The decision to award D. Lit (Honoris Causa) has been taken by the varsity’s executive council.

Rahman won two Oscars - one for best original score and another for best original song with lyricist Gulzar - for “Slumdog Millionaire” at the 81st annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

According to AMU officials, the varsity has also decided to confer the honorary degree on Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata group, Professor M.S. Swaminathan, father of green revolution and noted Urdu writer Professor Gopichand Narang at the convocation.

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