Opposition Questions mamata’s d.litt
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has come under attack for allegedly “managing” to get an honorary DLitt (Doctor of Letters) degree from the prestigious Calcutta University. She will be conferred the degree during Calcutta University’s programme in Kolkata’s Nazrul Mancha on 11 January 2018 “for her contribution towards Arts, Literature and Social Services”. She joins the likes of Rabindranath Tagore, Satyajit Ray and Amartya Sen as a DLitt recipient.
However, Calcutta University’s first woman Vice Chancellor, Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee is being criticized for this decision. She is the wife of a senior West Bengal cadre IAS officer. The CPM has dug up an old story about her “fictitious PhD” from a presumed US university. In 1984, Banerjee, while contesting the Lok Sabha elections for the first time, would use the Dr prefix to her name, declaring that she had a doctorate from East Georgia University in the US. “There is no such university over there,” the Marxists had claimed. Later, she dropped the Dr from her name.