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Dipa Karmakar, Tripura’s ‘produnava girl’, to receive D Lit degree from NIT

Dipa Karmakar will be awarded a D Lit degree from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala later this year.

other sports Updated: Oct 21, 2017 14:13 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Priyanka Deb Barman
Hindustan Times, Agartala
Dipa Karmakar,Indian gymnast,Gymnastics
Dipa Karmakar will be awarded a D Lit degree from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala. (Getty Images)

Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian female gymnast to take part in the Olympics, will be honoured with a D Lit degree at the 10th convocation of the National Institute of Technology, Agartala on November 11, 2017.

The convocation will be organized at the Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhawan in Agartala.

Surendra Prasad, former IIT-Delhi director and incumbent chairman of the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) will grace the occasion as the chief guest.

Besides Dipa, the NIT will honour IIT Guwahati director Dr. Goutam Ghosh and professor of Jadavpur University Dr. B Ghosh with a D Sc.in the convocation, said a senior official of the engineering institute.

The NIT honoured Bollywood actor Nana Patekar with D Lit degree and Governor Tathagata Roy with D.Eng in last year’s convocation.

Dipa has cleared all her papers except one in her MA final semester of Political Science from Tripura Central University through distance mode due to her performance in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She will appear for the paper she didn’t clear next year.

When contacted, Dipa’s father Dulal Karmakar said that although they didn’t receive any official confirmation, he is happy with the NIT’s decision.

“Every parent would be happy with their children’s success. Dipa made us feel proud of her,” Karmakar said.

Dipa Karmakar, who was recently undergoing rehabilitation for a leg injury, will arrive in Agartala on November 1.

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 13:31 IST