PUDUCHERRY: The Andhra University has conferred Degree of Doctor of Letters on Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Iqbal Singh, at its 76th convocation held in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
Andhra Pradesh Governor and chancellor of the university N.D. Tiwari conferred the doctorate on Mr. Singh, a release from the Raj Nivas here said. The citation delivered before conferring the doctorate said: “Sri Iqbal Singh is the champion of the less privileged. He raised his voice in Parliament for the welfare of the downtrodden and children and has the unique distinction of never missing a Parliament session.
“He worked in close association with Sardar Beant Singh to tackle the menace of terrorism and separatism that gripped the State of Punjab for nearly 12 years.”
Mr. Iqbal Singh has published a book titled Bharatiye Sanskriti Aur Kurukshetra in Hindi, which was released by Sri Shankar Dayal Sharma, former President of India. This book won him accolades and many awards. Mr. Iqbal Singh has also authored articles on the 10th Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh.
Mr. Iqbal Singh has deep passion for literature, music, education and sports. He is acting as adviser to several leading trusts and educational institutions. He is a trustee of ‘Bhai Vir Singh Sadhan,’ which promotes Punjabi Sahitya. He was the chief patron of the 125-year-old institution, ‘Harballabh Sangeeth Maha Sabha,’ a world renowned concert, which promotes classical music. Mr. Iqbal Singh is also a trustee of K.L. Sehgal Memorial, the citation said.