Former Indian cricket team captain Rahul Dravid has turned down Bangalore University’s honorary doctorate. He denied he degree and added that he will like to earn the doctorate by completing a research in the field of sports.
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 degreeStatement of B Thimme Gowda, BU Vice Chancellor
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 27 January.
The university had recommended three personalities for honorary doctorate, of which the Governor had finalised Dravid, who retired from international Cricket in March 2012.
Dravid has spent his childhood in Bengaluru and studied at the St. Joseph’s Boys High School in the city. He later took admission in the St Joseph’s College of Commerce for his graduation and even enrolled himself for MBA at the St Joseph’s College of Business Administration. At this time, he was selected for the national team.
This is not the first time he has declined a honorary degree. Dravid did not attend the Gulbarga University's 32nd convocation in 2014, though he was among 12 personalities shortlisted for an honorary doctorate.
Dravid retired from international cricket in 2012 after representing India for 16 years in the sport. He made his debut back in 1996. He is currently the coach of the Indian U-19 team.