Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday humbly denied a PhD degree by the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), saying he is indebted to the people of the holy city. "I want to apologise to the vice-chancellor and registrar. I had received a letter stating that I would be given a PhD degree. I have humbly declined it," Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the centenary year convocation of the BHU.
"I am thankful to the vice-chancellor and registrar of the university who considered me for this degree. I have denied because coming to BHU is a matter of pride to me. Secondly, what people of Banaras have given me can't be given by any university and that is why I am indebted to Banaras," he added.
Prime Minister Modi also expressed his delight to be present at the convocation ceremony, saying it was definitely special for him. "The people who studied here have contributed through various ways be it as a doctor, a teacher, a civil servant. I congratulate those who were conferred their degrees today. I also convey my good wishes to their parents," Prime Minister Modi added.
The Prime Minister stated that 'jigyasa' is important in life. "If there is no 'Jigyasa', there is stagnation and life becomes meaningless," he added. Prime Minister Modi further said that the world today faces several challenges. "We should think about what role India can play in overcoming these challenges," he added.