Should celebrities be conferred with honorary degrees & doctorates - active GD
Should a university confer an honorary degree or doctorate on just about anybody, whether a celebrity or an academician or a general member of the public, even if the person has not earned it?
Just now a TV news channel reported that Rahul Dravid did not accept a doctorate degree from Bangalore University. He stated that he would prefer to earn it through research in sports rather than get it as an honorary degree.
What are your views on this? Is it right for universities to confer an honorary degree or a doctorate on a celebrity, or anybody else for that matter, without them actually earning it through academics? Suppose the person is a teacher or an administrative academician but has not got the degree or doctorate through the normal avenue of studying for it / doing research. Is it Ok to confer them with it as an honorary qualification?
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Last date to post your views: 29th January 2017.