Two British Indians conferred with honorary doctorates by University of London

Wednesday 08th May 2024 06:03 EDT

Historian and author Shrabani Basu, born in Kolkata, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of London, acknowledging her substantial contributions to literature and the exploration of British-Indian history.

Based in London, Shrabani Basu is renowned for her bestselling biographies, such as 'Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan' and 'Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant,' the latter inspiring an Oscar-nominated film featuring Dame Judi Dench. Basu's exceptional storytelling and meticulous research have earned her widespread international acclaim. The honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature was bestowed upon her during a prestigious graduation ceremony.
Speaking to the publication, Shrabani Basu said, "It is a huge honour to be presented with an honorary Doctorate for Literature by the University of London. To be recognised for my work by such a top university makes me feel both humble and proud. I feel that all the hard work has been worth it. It was very special to have Princess Anne presenting me with this degree, as she had unveiled the statue of WWII heroine Noor Inayat Khan in Gordon Square in 2012. Having HRH tell me that she was very pleased that they had chosen me for the honorary doctorate, made it even more memorable. My thanks to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor, the pro-Vice Chancellor and everybody else from the University of London who made it a very special day. It was lovely to be called Dr Basu! My father would have been so proud."
British radio and television presenter Anita Anand was also awarded her doctorate from the University of London. Shared on X (formerly known as Twitter), Anita wrote, “Well I took a long time, but thanks to @LondonU, my mothers dream came true and she can finally tell her friends I’m a doctor! So grateful to the Vice Chancellor, Pro Vice Chancellor and faculty members for my honorary doctorate. And congratulations to all graduating today!”

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