India's Jamia University Confers Honorary Degree Upon Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters from Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi, India, on November 23rd, 2010.

The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama was conferred an honorary doctorate by Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia, a government-funded central university, on Tuesday.

The university vice chancellor, Najeeb Jung, awarded the degree to the exiled Tibetan leader in the presence of Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and thousands of students and members of the faculty.

"I feel highly honoured to get this degree from an Islamic university. One of my main concerns is religious harmony," the Dalai Lama said.

Speaking on the occasion, Najeeb Jung said that the Dalai Lama was one of the biggest propagators of inter-faith dialogue and a true inheritor of Mahatma Gandhi's message of peace and non-violence.

Some information for this report was provided by Hindustan Times and Tibet.net