The University of Wolverhampton has welcomed the news that
one of its honorary graduates has been elected as the next
President of India.
Mr Pranab Mukherjee will take oath as the 13th President of
India tomorrow (Wednesday, 25 July 2012).
Mr Mukherjee received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters at
a ceremony in New Delhi in May 2011.
The ceremony was attended by the University’s Chancellor, the Rt
Hon Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone.
Lord Swraj Paul said: “The University is delighted that one of
our distinguished honorary graduates, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, has been
elected as the next President of India.
“The University has strong links to India, and we awarded the
honorary degree in recognition of Mr Mukherjee’s outstanding
service to Indian society and contribution to international
“This is a great victory for a person who has had a very
distinguished career in politics, having taken charge of most of
the portfolios in Government and is well respected internationally.
We wish him success.”
Mr Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister of India and Leader
of Lok Sabha, the Lower House of the Indian Parliament, when he
received the Honorary Degree from the University of
Possessing both a Masters degree in History and Political
Science, and an LLB, Mr Mukherjee began his early career as a
teacher before moving into journalism.
His parliamentary career began as a member of the Rajya Sabha,
the Upper House of Indian Parliament in 1969. He became Deputy
Leader of the Indian National Congress Party in the Rajya Sabha in
1978, and Leader in 1980-1985. Having served the Union Council of
Ministers in various capacities, Mr Mukherjee rose through a series
of cabinet positions in the Ministries for Finance; Commerce; and
External Affairs during 1980-1996. He was appointed Deputy Chairman
of the Planning Commission in 1991, a position he held until
Mr Mukherjee was awarded the Best Parliamentarian Award for
1997, and for his contribution in the field of Public Affairs, the
Government of India conferred on him the 2nd highest civilian award
‘Padma Vibhushan’ in 2008.
Throughout his political career, Mr Mukherjee has played a key
role in policy formulation and implementation for the Party and the
Government. He was Defence Minister in the first United Progressive
Alliance (UPA) Government from 2004-2006, becoming External Affairs
Minister from 2006-2009. He held office as the Finance Minister in
the UPA Government, and the Leader of Lok Sabha (Lower House),
until June 2012.
The University of Wolverhampton will award honorary degrees to
other distinguished figures who have made a significant
contribution to their field in September.
Picture: Mr Pranab Mukherjee (right) receives
his honorary degree from Lord Swraj Paul, Chancellor of the
University of Wolverhampton (left), in May 2011.
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Date Issued: Tuesday, 24 July 2012
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