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Former Indian president honoured

The former president of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam has been awarded an honorary degree by the University.

The award - which was presented by University Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea - is in recognition of Dr Kalam’s outstanding contribution to science and technology, and his commitment to helping transform India into a developed nation by 2020.

Dr Kalam, who was president of India from 2002 to 2007, studied physics at the St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, and aerospace engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai.

He is regarded as the father of his country's space programme and in recent years has campaigned to highlight the plight of India's rural poor, advocating the use of technology to address social and economic inequalities.

It is a privilege to welcome Dr Kalam to Edinburgh and to present him with an honorary degree. It recognises his extraordinary work as a scientist, as a figurehead for his country and for working to tackle rural poverty and injustice over many years.

Professor Sir Timothy O'SheaPrincipal, the University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh India Institute

Dr Kalam also provided the keynote address at the inaugural conference of the University's Edinburgh India Institute. The Institute will help coordinate the work of Edinburgh academics who are working with a wide range of partners across India.

The two-day event saw a series of presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities between staff and students from Edinburgh, partners from across India, and from other Scottish and UK stakeholders.

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