Shilpa Shetty or Dr. Shilpa Shetty
July 20: Leeds Metropolitan University presented icon of Indian cinema Shilpa Shetty with
an honorary doctorate for outstanding contribution to cultural dversity.
University confers honorary degrees to select recipients every year. On the
occasion of India celebrating 60 years of its independence, Leeds wishes to
commemorate India's struggle for freedom by honouring prominent Indian
personalities who have contributed to the emergence of India as a fast
developing, cinema-proud nation.
Shilpa was delighted while expressing
her heartfelt gratitude to Leeds Metropolitan University for bestowing this esteemed gesture upon her. She
said, "I am sincerely grateful and humbled by the
honour that such a prolific academic institution has so kind heartedly presented
to me. I have utmost respect for Leeds Metropolitan University for its constant
strive for cultural diversity and representation through the rich programme of
study that it offers, ensuring that people from all walks of life are equally
"Education and knowledge are the tools we pick up
while we're growing and they last a lifetime. Leeds Metropolitan University gives those tools to thousands
of its alumni and I'm proud to join those alumni as a honourary graduate from
this university and that too as a doctor. No filmmaker has been so bold as to
give me the role of a doctor in any of my films but you managed to do what even
the magic of cinema hasn't!"
Shilpa also encouraged the university to "keep
teaching future generations and making tomorrows pioneers today."
She said: "It is with great honour I humbly accept
this doctorate and thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Shilpa Shetty joined the ranks of other luminaries of Indian cinema, such
as actors Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and filmmaker Yash Chopra, who were
also recently presented with honorary doctorates by the institution at the IIFA
Weekend that took place in Yorkshire last month. The Asian News