Corrective action taken: Sibal

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, while apologising to world chess champion Viswanathan Anand for the controversy over conferment of a doctorate of honoris causa after the Ministry reportedly raised queries over Mr. Anand's nationality, said: “We have dealt with the matter as expeditiously as possible, though there were some errors on our side also. It is for Anand to decide. He will be conferred the doctorate. He has accepted it.”

Mr. Sibal said procedural errors led to problems and immediate corrective action was taken.

“I told him that we are sorry for what has transpired. It should not take time [to implement such decisions], but sometime it happens. He has done India proud like Arjun Atwal [who won a top professional golf championship in the U.S. on Monday]. We should be proud of those who climb the heights of global excellence and keep the Indian flag flying.”

Mr. Sibal admitted that the procedures needed to be streamlined and universities would now be told to send all documents along with the names to the Ministry so that there were no delays.

Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad Seyed E. Hasnain met Mr Sibal on Tuesday to sort out the issue.

“There was a system failure, but things have been sorted out and he [Mr. Anand] will be given the degree,” he told The Hindu.

While it was a matter of relief for the government that the issue was resolved, it is learnt that the delay was caused as the university did not convey the date of the special convocation to the Ministry.

On its part, the Ministry had raised queries over Mr. Anand's nationality, following “rumours” that he had taken up Spanish citizenship.

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