Shahruk Khan Received his honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh..

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh. Mr Khan received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Chancellor HRH The Princess Royal in Edinburgh.

The actor – who has appeared in more than 80 films – was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor. After receiving his honorary degree, Mr Khan – who has more than 15 million Twitter followers – gave a public lecture, which was attended by many of the University’s 400 South Asian students, along with South Asian community groups.

“My speech today is about Life Lessons at the Edinburgh University and my biggest learning is Life is the only Miracle,” SRK had tweeted earlier in the day.

The actor, who has been honoured with a Padma Shri award, is globally known for films like “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”.

The 49-year-old star has currently three films in his kitty — “Dilwale” “Raees” and “Fan”.

Dilwale“, directed by Rohit Shetty, will see SRK and Kajol together on the big screen after five years since “My Name is Khan”. While “Dilwale” is slated to hit the theatres on December 18, “Raees” and “Fan” will release next year.

I look forward to the University continuing on its path as a great civic university, demonstrated by its partnership with India, addressing health, academic and research excellence and social justice. I hope that many more of India and South Asia’s brightest minds get a chance to learn, think and grow at Edinburgh.”

Professor Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal, said: “The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to recognise the philanthropic work and career of one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema. It is a great privilege to present Shah Rukh Khan with one of our highest honours, a doctorate of the University.

As India’s population and economy grow, so too does the demand for world-class education. Our aim at Edinburgh is to build partnerships and strengthen awareness that will reinforce our position as the partner of choice for the Indian knowledge economy.”

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