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Doctor of Letters conferred on President, ICCR

On 10 May 2016, Dr. Lokesh Chandra, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the Preah Sihanoukraja Buddhist (PSRB) University, Cambodia, the third oldest Buddhist University in Asia.  PSRB University was founded on 8th July 1954 under the royal patronage of the former King Norodom Sihanouk.

On behalf of PSRB University, His Holiness Samdech Tep Vong, the Great Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia presented the degree to Dr. Chandra.  Dr. Chandra was conferred this degree in recognition of his immense scholarship, vast experience and great contribution to the fields of linguistics, culture and social advancement in India and the world.

Conferment of Honorary Degree to Dr. Chandra is a further milestone in promoting cultural relations between India and Cambodia, both of which share historical links from the ancient times.

During his visit to Cambodia, Dr. Chandra met H.E. Dr. Sok An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in-charge of Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Him Chhem, Minister of Cult and Religion and H.E. Ms. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts.  He also had an audience with His Holiness Samdech Tep Vong, the Great Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia.  He also visited the world-famous Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap.

The Memorandum of Understanding between Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University, Phnom Penh on the establishment of ICCR’s chair in Buddhist and Sanskrit Studies has also been extended for a period of three years covering academic years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.  This MOU was signed by the Ambassador of India to Cambodia in the presence of Dr. Lokesh Chandra, President, ICCR.

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