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After Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur recommended the name of Jagdish Singh Khehar as his successor, Panjab University is on cloud nine. An alumnus of the Panjab University, Khehar (64) is set to take over as Chief Justice of India on January 4 and will be the first Sikh CJI of the country.
Earlier, PU alumnus Dr Manmohan Singh became the first Sikh Prime Minister of the country. Singh completed his post graduation in economics from the university in 1954. Being a topper in the university, he got a gold medal.
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Khehar is also a gold medalist from PU. After graduating in science from the local Government College in 1974, Khehar did his LLB degree from the Panjab University in 1977 and completed LLM in 1979.
Both the former students also taught at the Panjab University. After passing LLM, Khehar taught at the university for six years from 1980. Singh also taught in the university from the late 1957 to early 1960s before moving to the UN in 1966.
In October this year, the Panjab University invited Khehar to address the convocation in the law department. Singh is heading the Jawahar Lal Nehru Chair on the campus.
Several alumni from PU have made a mark at the national level. The late Inder Kumar Gujral was an alumnus of the university and so was late President Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma.
The Nobel laureate, Dr Hargobind Khorana, is also an alumnus of the university. Kiran Bedi, Kapil Sibal, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Sukhbir Badal, Kirron Kher and her husband Anupam Kher, Kalpana Chawla and several other politicians have remained on the rolls of PU.