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Kalam to get honorary degree in UK

india Updated: Sep 22, 2007 18:56 IST

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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam is to be conferred with a honorary degree by Wolverhampton university in United Kingdom next month, according to Lord Swraj Paul, Chairman of Caparo group of companies.

Lord Paul, who is also the Chancellor of the University, told reporters in Jalandhar that Kalam will be visiting London on October 22 during when he will receive the honour.

He said Kalam has also agreed to deliver lectures at the newly opened Caparo School of Excellence in Manufacturing and Materials Technology in the city under the aegis of the Punjab Technical University(PTU).

Lord Paul was here in the city to formally inaugurate the Caparo School, which, he said was a unique gift to Jalandhar. The school was thrown open to students on August 14.

The School is his first initiative towards fostering entrepreneurship in India by catalysing, accelerating and supporting the growth of manufacturing and materials technology.

He said that if India wanted to become a developed country it should concentrate on education as without the desired development in this field, no country could attain the standards of a developed country.

"I am of the opinion that politics and business should be kept away from the field of education," he added.

In the U.K, 50 per cent of the total population acquire higher education, which was the largest percentage in this category, he said.

However, in India's case the situation in this regard was bad as not more than seven per cent population got higher education and 30 per cent of children do not even get primary education.