India's President Mukherjee Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree At Hebrew University Of Jerusalem

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President Mukherjee joined the Chairman of the Hebrew University's Board of Governors Mr. Michael Federmann (R) and President of the Hebrew University Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson (L) in examining letters on loan from the Hebrew University's Albert Einstein Archives.Jerusalem, October 15, 2015 — The Hebrew University of Jerusalem conferred an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree upon Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, in Jerusalem today.

The university's highest honor was awarded in recognition of President Mukherjee's longtime exemplary public service as a leading diplomat and champion of social and financial reform, in particular his many and varied contributions to boosting India’s global economic standing; in tribute to his steadfast commitment to higher education as the foundation of a prosperous and progressive society; and in appreciation of his longstanding advocacy of a warm and committed relationship with the State of Israel.

Shri Pranab Mukherjee is the thirteenth President of India and a distinguished elder statesman. He has devoted his five decades of public service in India to championing social justice and advancing India’s international diplomatic and financial global standing.

This historic first visit of an Indian head of state to Israel comes after 25 years of quiet diplomatic relations between the two countries. India and Israel have extensive ties in a wide variety of fields in which the Hebrew University, which produces one-third of all civilian research in Israel, is a leader.

Prior to receiving his honorary doctorate, President Mukherjee joined the Chairman of the Hebrew University's Board of Governors Mr. Michael Federmann, and President of the Hebrew University Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, in examining letters on loan from the Hebrew University's Albert Einstein Archives. The letters were exchanged between Albert Einstein, a founder of the Hebrew University and one of its most enthusiastic supporters, and important figures from India's history, including Mahatma Gandhi and leading poets and philosophers.

The presidents discussed India and Israel's mutual strong commitment to higher education and the importance of pursing scientific research together. President Mukherjee emphasized the successful collaborations Israel and India are pursuing in areas as diverse as agriculture, cyber-security and advanced technologies.

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