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Saturday July 12, 2008
AN Indian university has conferred an honorary doctorate in philosophy on MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel for his contribution to politics and the Indian community in Malaysia.
The former Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister is the first Malaysian to receive the doctorate from the Vinayaka Missions University at its inaugural convocation at its campus in Salem, India, last Sunday.
It is a honour for the Indian diaspora. I feel proud and honoured to receive the honorary doctorate in political science from Vinayaka, Palanivel said.
The granting of this doctorate is an honour not only to me but to Malaysians in general, Palanivel told Bernama after the ceremony during which about 2,000 Indian students also received their scrolls.
About 200 Malaysian students are studying at the Salem campus, located about 340km from Chennai, mostly majoring in dentistry.
Palanivel said the university had witnessed a phenomenal growth over the years and conducts programmes at the Penang International Dental College.
More Malaysian institutions should partner with Indian universities as they have excellent track records and are comparable to western universities.
The Malaysian government should work more closely with India, especially in the education sector.
India has some of the leading MBA (Masters in Business Administration) schools in Asia and good engineering and computer degree programmes, he added.
Vinayaka Missions University chancellor Dr A. Shanmugasundaram conferred the doctorate on Palanivel. Also present was Malaysian consul-general in Chennai Anuar Kasman.
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