IIT Kanpur to confer doctorate on PT Usha

The doctorate will be conferred on PT Usha on June 16 to mark the 50th convocation of IIT Kanpur

other sports Updated: Jun 13, 2017 16:55 IST
Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu
PT Usha,IIT Kanpur,Indian Institute of Technology
(HT file photo)

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur will confer a doctorate on former sprint queen PT Usha, who missed a medal by a whisker at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

The degree, Doctor of Science (honoris causa - a degree awarded as a mark of esteem) will be conferred on June 16 to mark the 50th convocation of the prestigious institute of the country. This is her second doctorate - in 2002, Kannur University had conferred D.Lit on her.

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“We are honouring you in recognition of your pioneering achievements as an athlete in this country, significant contribution in national and international arena for the promotion of sports and athletics, especially among women,” Director of IIT Kanpur, Professor Indranil Manna, said in his letter to Usha.

For the former sprinter, the news came at an opportune time when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate her synthetic track stadium through video conferencing on June 15. “I am really humbled. A recognition from a prestigious institute gives me enough strength to surge ahead. This will help me in realising my dream of bringing an Olympic athletic medal to the country,” she told Hindustan Times.

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Usha (52) was in news recently when she declined an offer from Bolloywood to do a biopic on her. She said she will not do this until the country wins a gold medal in Olympics athletics. Running a private sports school, Usha School of Athletics near Kozhikkode, she is busy training young athletes eyeing 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“The newly-built synthetic track will be a big push. It will help budding athletes for international events,” she said, adding that presently her students were forced to travel around 30 kms to the government medical college ground for training. Grooming youngsters for more than two decades, her school has produced some of the best women athletes of the country, including Tintu Luka, Jisna Mathew and Jessy Joseph.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 16:40 IST