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University of Edinburgh awards degree of Doctor Honoris Causa to actor Shah Rukh Khan
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh. Khan received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal in Edinburgh. The widely known actor was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor.

Khan's charitable work has included 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.

Shah Rukh KhanAfter receiving his honorary degree, Shah Rukh Khan- who has more than 15 million Twitter followers gave a public lecture, which was attended by many of the University's 400 South Asian students, along with South Asian community groups.

After receiving his honorary degree, Shah Rukh Khan, said, "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."

According to a release, Professor Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal, said, "The University of Edinburgh has very 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. It is a great privilege to present Shah Rukh Khan with one of our highest honours, a doctorate of the University."

The University has been linked with India for nearly 250 years. Professor William Robertson, Edinburgh's Principal from 1762 to 1793 and a noted Enlightenment thinker, wrote one of the earliest European texts to focus on India. Edinburgh's first Indian student graduated in 1876 and by the 1920s its Indian student population was greater than that of any other UK University.

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