New Delhi, April 21, 2007: The prestigious Govind Ballabh (G. B.) Pant University of Agriculture & Technology has conferred the Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) on Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises. The honour has been conferred on Mr. Mittal for his invaluable contribution for the welfare of society and the nation as a whole, in the field of his profession in particular and other areas of public interest in general. The degree was awarded to Mr. Mittal by the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand & Chancellor of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology H.E. Shri Sudarshan Agarwal on the occasion of 23rd Covocation of the University held today at its campus in Pant Nagar. Also present at the occasion were the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Maj. Gen. (Retd.) B C Khanduri, Hon’ble Speaker of Uttarakhand assembly Shri Harbans Kapoor, Minister of Agriculture Shri T S Rawat, former Chief Justice of India Shri M N Venkatachaliah and the Vice Chancellor of the University Dr. P L Gautam.
Receiving the honour Mr. Mittal said, “I am delighted to receive this singular honour from such a renowned institution. The award of this prestigious degree of Doctor of Science is a testimony to the work that I led through Bharti Enterprises towards some key transformational projects, which have served the nation in a very meaningful manner. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the University for having considered me for this high honour”.
The honour from the G.B. Pant University is yet another recognition of the immense contribution made by Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal towards the society and the nation. Mr. Mittal was recently conferred the coveted Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India for his contribution towards the development of a world-class telecom sector in the country further resulting in the economic development of the nation. The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) has also conferred its highest honour ‘The Honorary Fellowship’ for 2006 on Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal for his scientific vision and invaluable contribution to the progress of electronics & telecommunications.
The G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology was established in 1960 as a first Agricultural University in the country. The G.B. Pant University is a symbol of successful partnership between India and the United States. The establishment of this university brought about a major change in agricultural education, research and extension. It paved the way for setting up of other agricultural universities in the country.