Murkot conferred D.Litt.

Special Correspondent

KANNUR: Murkot Ramunny, retired Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force and former administrator, was conferred the Kannur University’s honorary D.Litt. degree by Governor and university Chancellor R.L. Bhatia at a special convocation on the Mangattuparamba campus here on Thursday.

Mr. Ramunny was conferred the degree of D.Litt. in recognition of his ‘eminent attainments.’ Vice-Chancellor P. Chandramohan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor K. Kunhikrishnan and Registrar K.M. Abdur Rasheed took part in the ceremony.

The ceremony was preceded by a procession to the specially arranged convocation hall, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Registrar, Syndicate and Senate members and the Deans of Faculty.

Mr. Ramunny delivered his acceptance speech after receiving the degree from the Governor. In his convocation address, Mr. Bhatia said the university was honouring itself by honouring Mr. Ramunny who was a “beacon for the young generation to look up to for guidance and inspiration.” He recalled Mr. Ramunny’s stint at the Cabinet Secretariat of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru after joining the Indian Air Force as the first pilot from the State during World War II. Mr. Bhatia said Mr. Ramunny had served in Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh and the Lakshadweep as administrator for about two-and-a-half decades and also in Nepal and Bangladesh.

University lauded

The Governor also complimented the Kannur University for its initiative to honour one of the illustrious sons of North Malabar in recognition of his contributions in several spheres. Touching on Mr. Ramunny’s involvement in the educational field, he said the former’s contribution towards the formation of Kannur University was memorable.

In his acceptance speech, nonagenarian Mr. Ramunny urged the youth to consider themselves extremely fortunate to be born in a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic India. “Independent India has given you self-confidence and self-esteem,” he said. Quoting Sree Narayana Guru, he said the Guru had not only given importance to education but also asked the youth to learn English which was a world language.

Though the country had progressed in many spheres, the gap between the rich and the under-privileged was still wide, he said adding that education starting from primary education was an important way of bridging the gap.

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