Dravid declines Hon.doctorate, wants to earn it


Bengaluru, Jan.26:
Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has set another example off the field by turning down Bangalore University’s honorary doctorate.
Regarded as one of the game’s finest gentlemen, Dravid  told the University he would rather earn it by doing research in sports  field.
“Sri Rahul Dravid, while thanking Bangalore University for  recognising him for the honorary degree, has conveyed that he would try  to earn a doctorate degree by accomplishing some form of academic in  research in the field of sports rather than receiving an honorary  degree,” BU Vice Chancellor B Thimme Gowda said in a statement here.
Notably, Dravid did not attend the Gulbarga University’s 32nd  convocation in 2014, though he was among 12 personalities shortlisted  for an honorary doctorate.
This comes a day after Karnataka Governor and Bangalore University  Chancellor Vajubhai R Vala approved conferment of an honorary doctorate  on Dravid at the university’s 52nd annual convocation scheduled to be  held on January 27.
The university had recommended three personalities for honorary  doctorate, of which the Governor had finalised Dravid, who retired from  international Cricket in March 2012. The university has not revealed the names of the other two.