Former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Radhakrishnan will attend the Himachal Pradesh University's (HPU) convocation slated for June 9, while Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan will skip the same due to his busy schedule. This was stated by HPU public relation officer (PRO) Ranveer Verma here on Saturday.
Rajan has expressed inability to attend the convocation, in which vice-president Hamid Ansari will confer degrees on the university scholars. HPU has decided to confer honourary doctorates on Rajan, Radhakrishnan, poet Gobind Vyas and veteran journalist Vepa Rao.
Sources in the university said that the doctor of letters degree would be conferred on Rajan and Vepa Rao, while doctor of letters (language) would be awarded to Gobind Vyas. Doctor of science degree will be conferred on K Radhakrishnan.
Radhakrishnan, a recipient of Padma- Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, was last year chosen as one of the top ten scientific personalities in 2014 by Nature Science Journal.
Besides, as many as 154 PhDs and 144 gold medals will be conferred to the students of the university at the convocation.
Sources said Radhakrishnan would be honoured for his services in space science. Radhakrishnan is chairman of the Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology since December 2014 and served as ISRO chairman between 2009 and 2014.
Rajan had last visited HPU in May 2014 and interacted with the students. Last year, the university had conferred honourary doctor of letters degree on Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.