Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai,who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by President Pranab Mukherjee at Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Jalandhar on Monday,called India a friend and a country rising fast in economical,industrial and social arenas.
Sharing the dais with Mukherjee,who called upon universities across the country to lay due emphasis on imparting vocational training to youths,Karzai said he was humbled to have the degree from a university,which was amazing by all standards of academic excellence and grandeur in size and the biggest university of India.
Karzai,who is here on a three-day visit to India,said: India,as a friend of Afghanistan,has made immense contribution in uplifting its youths. India has contributed $2 billion from the hard-earned money of its tax payers for the betterment of Afghanistan.
Lauding Indias fast growth in industry,technology and economy,Karzai said: India is on the path of progress and prosperity. It is one of the greatest civilisations on earth. The power and energy you (students and youths) generate is good for India and beyond.
Expressing his gratitude to LPU for conferring him with the honorary doctorate degree,Karzai said: LPU is probably one of the few universities,which has not only grown in terms of size but has set high standards of education coupled with state-of-the-art infrastructure. In his message to students,he said: You are the citizens of India…. Keep progressing and at the same time,remember your culture and use your energy for the countrys welfare.