At the University of Edinburgh, Shah Rukh Khan is ‘a doctor all over again’

Shah Rukh Khan, who had to deliver a lecture to students of the University of Edinburgh, UK, is elated as he has become 'a doctor all over again'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2015 11:43:29 am

Shah Rukh Khan, Shah Rukh Khan doctorate, shah rukh khan news, Shah Rukh Khan university, Shah Rukh Khan university of edinburgh, Shah Rukh Khan lectures, Shah Rukh Khan gyaan, Shah Rukh Khan facebook, Shah Rukh Khan twitter Shah Rukh Khan received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal in Edinburgh.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who had to deliver a lecture to students of the University of Edinburgh, UK, is elated as he has become ‘a doctor all over again’.

King Khan received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal in Edinburgh.

The 49-year-old superstar, who has appeared in more than 80 films, was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor. His charitable work includes bringing solar power to rural villages in India, creating a children’s ward at a Mumbai hospital and supporting relief funds to assist areas devastated by tsunamis.

“It is a pleasure to be honoured by the University of Edinburgh and tread in the footsteps of so many of the world’s illustrious thinkers, leaders and personalities. To have the opportunity to address one of the most esteemed educational institutions in the world is a special moment,” said Shah Rukh after receiving the honour.

“I look forward to the University continuing on its path as a great civic university, demonstrated by its partnership with India, addressing health, academic and research excellence and social justice. I hope that many more of India and South Asia’s brightest minds get a chance to learn, think and grow at Edinburgh.”

Shah Rukh Khan gave a public lecture, which was attended by the University’s South Asian students. “The University of Edinburgh has strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to recognise the philanthropic work and career of one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema,” said Professor Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal.

“It is a great privilege to present Shah Rukh Khan with one of our highest honours, a doctorate of the University.”

SRK also posted on the micro-blogging site:

On invitation, SRK was all set to speak about life lessons today and had even shared what the lecture will be about. He had also shared that the biggest learning in his life has been, ‘Life is the only miracle’.

This is the second honorary doctorate for the superstar as he has previously received an honorary doctorate degree in arts and culture from Britain’s University of Bedfordshire.

The official Twitter handle of the Edinburgh University also shared a picture of Shah Rukh Khan from the event.

“The university is to host a visit by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday, 15 October. The actor, one of Bollywood’s most popular stars, will give a public lecture at the University’s New College,” read a statement on the university’s official website.

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With a career spanning over two and a half decades, Shah Rukh Khan has appeared in over 80 Bollywood films, and has also reached out to audiences via the small screen. The actor, known for movies like ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Chak De! India’, ‘Swades’ and ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, was awarded one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Shri, in 2005.

“The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to welcome one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema,” Charlie Jeffery, senior vice-principal, University of Edinburgh had said.

(With IANS Inputs)

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