The Hindu University of America in Manhattan will honor the veteran actor Anupam Kher with the prestigious Honorary Doctorate in Hindu Studies. They will award him the honor in New York on September 18.
The institute is a non-profit Public Charitable Education Institution recognised as an online university. Their mission is to provide education in knowledge systems based on Hindu which involves critical inquiry, ethics, and self-reflection.
The actor said, "It is an honour to be the first recipient of the Honorary Doctorate award from the Hindu University of America. I believe, through Hinduism, we can learn and understand the importance of harmony and acceptance. I wish to promote the same message of peace even further with the Doctorate."
Ved Nanda, Chair Board of Trustees, said, "The Hindu University of America is privileged to confer its inaugural Honorary Doctoral degree on Padma Bhushan Sri Anupam Kher. Anupam Kher Ji, we indeed are honoured that you have graciously consented to accept the historic award of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Hindu Studies from HUA. You are a constant source of inspiration to us all, and we express our deep appreciation for your monumental contributions."
In a similar vein, Dr Jashvant Patel, Chair Finance Committee, said, "Anupam Ji, The Hindu University is proud and privileged to honour you with the Doctorate degree in Hindu Studies. In your life's journey you have demonstrated and harmonized pragya the wisdom, parakrama the courage and shraddha the commitment in your growth with the complete bhakti the spiritual devotion. You would be a Sage-like role model of inspiration for our students, faculties, and trustees alike to learn and impart Vedic knowledge from the University. The Trustees of HUA are looking forward to having a closer association with you and your work on Hindu Sanskriti."
The actor has also been honoured with the Padma Shri Award in 2014 and Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his work in cinema.