Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and noted India-based broadcaster Mark Tully are to be awarded honorary doctorates by the Queen's University Belfast (QUB).
Sen and Tully are among 16 people to be honored by the university, which has strong links with Indian institutions and attracts many Indian students on their courses.
Sen will be awarded the DSc (Econ) 'for distinction in economics', while Tully will be awarded the DLit 'for services to broadcasting'.
The list of awardees includes former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, a veteran diplomat who played a major role in the Northern Ireland peace process, and three-time Olympic gold medallist and world record-breaker Usain Bolt.
Several internationally-renowned academics feature on the roll of honour.
They include Professor Kevin Cahill, President of the Centre for Humanitarian Health and Co-operation at Fordham University in New York, and Professor Dame Jill McLeod-Clark, who has been cited as one of the 20 most influential nurses of the last 60 years.
Also to be honoured are leading educationalist Professor Sir Tim Brighouse, network design and computing pioneer Professor Andy Hopper, author and critic Professor Helen Vendler and eminent physicist Professor Jie Zhang.