Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will confer an honorary doctorate to Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan today, making her the first woman to receive this honour in the varsity’s history.
Suluhu, who arrived here on Sunday on a four-day visit to India, is being honoured for her contributions to education, health care and policy, as per an official at the University.
The event will also be attended by the Union Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar and Union Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan at Kaushal Bhawan in Delhi’s New Moti Bagh, officials said.
“She is a strong advocate of promoting India Tanzania relations enhancing bilateral ties especially in the last 2 years” said a senior official from JNU, who also said: “She helped evolve India-Tanzania ties into a modern and pragmatic relationship with diversified economic engagement and strong people-to-people contacts in education” the official added.
The university Monday tweeted that it is proud to confer an honorary doctorate to Suluhu.
The Ministry of Education had also tweeted that “She proudly acknowledges herself as a “product of Indian education”, attributing to her ITEC training at NIRD, Hyderabad”.
Earlier this year, India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tanzania to establish the first IIT branch abroad, in Tanzania. The campus is expected to open in October 2023, welcoming 50 undergraduate and 20 master’s students in its first batch.
India and Tanzania on Monday elevated their ties to the level of strategic partnership, inked six pacts to boost cooperation in several key areas and agreed on a five-year roadmap to significantly expand defence engagement at talks between PM Modi and the Tanzanian President.