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Abhinav Bindra honoured with a doctorate

Sep 08, 2008 12:03 PM IST India India

Chennai: Olympics star Abhinav Bindra has now earned himself an honorary doctorate degree.

A university in Chennai has honoured the shooter, hoping that he will be an inspiration for young Indians.

India's golden boy Abhinav Bindra will henceforth be called Dr Abhinav Bindra. Chennai's SRM University has honoured India's first ever individual Olympic gold medalist with an honorary doctorate in Literature. The University also awarded him a cash prize of Rupees five 5 lakhs.

"For youngsters he is a star. So he should be focused upon so that it reaches to every youth of the country. Unless we encourage such stars how will we get our share in the Olympics in the future? That's why we decided to give this doctorate to him," said Chancellor, SRM University, T R Pachamathu.

Abhinav Bindra was joined by ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair, who received a doctorate in Science from the governor of Tamil Nadu. And though by now, Bindra has got used to the limelight and awards, he was still very happy to accept this special honour.

"It's a very big honour to have received this doctorate. I'm completely honoured and very thankful to SRM University for honouring me in such a grand way," said the Olympic Gold medalist. Abhinav Bindra.

From being the first Indian to end the drought of an Olympic Gold for the nation, Abhinav Bindra now graduates to being a Doctor in Literature.