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Smt. Droupadi Murmu Conferred Honorary Doctorate by University of Mauritius

On March 12, 2024, President Droupadi Murmu was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the University of Mauritius. This prestigious honor demonstrates the depth of bilateral ties between India and Mauritius.

A State Visit and Chief Guest

President Murmu is on a three-day state visit to Mauritius, during which she will be the chief guest at the country’s National Day celebrations on March 14th.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Inspiration

In 1901, Mahatma Gandhi inspired Indian indentured workers in Mauritius to educate themselves, leading to their political and social empowerment, and ultimately contributing to the transformation of Mauritius.

A Prestigious Honor

The University of Mauritius conferred the Honoris Causa Degree of Doctor of Civil Law on President Droupadi Murmu, recognizing her contributions and the strong ties between India and Mauritius.

Inspiring Youth and Empowering Women

During the ceremony, President Murmu expressed her belief that universities like the University of Mauritius are not just ladders for aspirational youth; they are sites where the future of mankind is forged. She expressed confidence that receiving this honorary degree will inspire young people, particularly young women, to discover their unique passions and pursue their dreams.

Education as a Transformative Force

President Murmu shared her personal experience of the transformative impact of education, highlighting how it can lift individuals from vulnerability and deprivation to opportunities and hope.

India’s Commitment to Education and Innovation

The President emphasized the Indian government’s priority to educate and empower youth, enabling them to lead India into the ‘knowledge economy’ of tomorrow. She expressed confidence that India’s forward-looking new National Education Policy will tap into the country’s demographic dividend to become a powerhouse of innovation that enhances the well-being of humanity.

Strengthening Ties with Mauritius

President Murmu highlighted India’s close maritime ties with Mauritius and the robust people-to-people linkages that form the foundation of their special friendship. She expressed confidence that the youth of both nations will continue to deepen this partnership through educational and cultural exchanges.

The conferring of the honorary doctorate on President Droupadi Murmu by the University of Mauritius is a testament to the strong bilateral relationship between India and Mauritius, and a recognition of India’s commitment to education, empowerment, and fostering close ties with its maritime neighbour.

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