Post-PU Senate decision on honorary degree, Bambah agrees to accept it
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Padma Bhushan awardee and former vice-chancellor R P Bambah finally agreed to accept the Degree of Doctor of Science (honorary causa) after the recommendation was unanimously accepted at the Panjab University (PU)Senate meeting on Sunday.
An eminent mathematician, Bambah had earlier decided to decline the honorary degree, which was being conferred upon him, as per the recommendation of the PU Syndicate. In a letter written to the Syndicate, which was read out at its meeting held on December 5, he had requested the members to withdraw the recommendation from the agenda of the Senate.
Talking to Newsline, Bambah, who was not present in the House while the agenda was being discussed, said, "I had already placed my request in the Syndicate, but, in view of the overwhelming kindness and affection of all the members of the Senate, I accepted the honour." The eminent mathematician was welcomed with a thunderous applause when he entered the House later.
When the agenda came up for discussion in the Senate on Sunday, the V-C informed the House about Bambah's decision, and said that he had tried to convince him twice after the Syndicate meeting, but Bambah stuck to his ground. The agenda was also placed on top of the list.
However, refusing to change their stance, all the members of the Senate unanimously decided that the honorary degree be conferred upon Bambah, who had always spread goodwill in the varsity.
The members said the degree was not being conferred upon him because he was a Senate member, but because he was an eminent mathematician.
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