The Ministry of Human Resource Development has turned down a request by Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia to confer an honorary doctorate degree on Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, saying the actor has already received one from a different university, according to an RTI response. Shah Rukh, who is a former student of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), had given his consent to the proposal of an honorary degree.
The varsity sent a request for the same to Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry last year. “JMI wrote to HRD for conferring Honoris Causa to Shah Rukh Khan. The HRD did not agree as he has already been conferred the degree by Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANNU) in 2016,” Jamia Millia Islamia said in response to a RTI query by The Indian Express.
HRD officials, when contacted, said there are no fixed rules regarding awarding of such degrees multiple time, but the practice is usually “discouraged”. The actor was a master’s student of JMI’s mass communication research centre, but he could not appear for his final year exam due to shortage of attendance.