Former President APJ Abdul Kalam was awarded with honorary degree by Edinburgh University in Scotland. He was awarded for his contribution to science and technology and his commitment to helping transform India into a developed nation by 2020.
The degree was presented at the inaugural conference of the University's Edinburgh India Institute on 15 May 2014. The Edinburgh India Institute will help coordinate the work of Edinburgh academics who are working with a wide range of partners across India. This university adds new dimensions in its contributions which brings Scotland and India together, who share a rich past and a glorious heritage of civilization.
The institute also aims to be a platform to bring together researchers from Scotland and India for mutual benefit including joint PhD programmes in diverse areas such as medicine or veterinary medicine, science and engineering and humanities and social sciences.
Edinburgh University is biggest university in Scotland and is ranked as one of the top 20 universities of world.
About Abdul Kalam
• Abdul Kalam, 82, is regarded as the father of India's missile programme. He was the President of India from 2002 to 2007.
• He received the Bharat Ratna, highest civilian honour in 1997.
• He played a pivotal organizational, technical and political role in Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998.
When: 15 May 2014