Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is set to receive another honorary doctorate degree from Melbourne-based La Trobe University for his contributions and efforts towards underprivileged children, women’s empowerment through Meer Foundation and his achievements in the Indian entertainment industry.
Meer Foundation is a philanthropic foundation named after Shah Rukh Khan’s father Meer Taj Mohammed Khan which aims to effect change at ground level and works to build a world that empowers women. One of the key focus areas under women empowerment has been to support the cause of acid attack survivors.
Shah Rukh Khan to be honoured with another honorary doctorate
The foundation provides support to women victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through a 360-degree approach that helps them with their medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training as well as rehabilitation and livelihood support.
La Trobe University is the first Australian university to award Khan with an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa).
The rumours are true. Bollywood superstar and famed philanthropist Shah Rukh Khan is coming to La Trobe.
— La Trobe University (@latrobe) July 15, 2019
“I’m proud to be conferred with a great university like La Trobe which has a long-standing relationship with Indian culture and impressive track record in advocating for women’s equality,” Khan was quoted by the university’s statement on Monday.
“I feel truly privileged to receive this Honorary Doctorate and I would like to sincerely thank La Trobe for choosing to recognise my achievements in such a humbling way,” he added.
La Trobe will present Mr Khan with his Honorary Doctorate on Friday 9 August at its Melbourne campus in Bundoora.