Makkal Needhi Maiam party president, Kamal Haasan received an Honorary Doctorate from Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha.
The university plays an important role in training tribals and naxalites in various skills. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presided over the convocation ceremony and awarded Mr. Kamal Haasan with the Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to cinema, culture and arts for sixty years.
While Haasan was present at the Centurion University campus, he also inaugurated the beautiful Raaj Kamal Butterfly Garden there. He visited the students at the university’s Skill Development Center to see the work and effort being put there. Kamal Haasan was given a tour of the state-of-the-art Kalinga Hockey stadium in Bhubaneswar by Odisha Sports secretary Vishal K. Dev and Director, R. Vineel Krishna. He was then presented the ISL team Odisha FC’s Jersey by Arshdeep Singh of the team who plays as a goalkeeper.
Haasan spoke to CM Patnaik and after the meeting said, "It was a fruitful conversation where I received advice as a politician. I was asking questions to which he had some great answers which can't be discussed here. We are happy that we found time to meet him."
The Indian hockey team has recently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Haasan met the team along with the staff and was presented a signed jersey of the team by captain Manpreet Singh.
Back home in Tamil Nadu, Haasan is in a controversy with State CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami, who recently attacked the former for his political ambitions. EPS said, "Why didn't he (Kamal) contest in the by-polls which happened, he is a big leader, right? How many votes did he get in the Parliamentary elections? These are all planned. He has become old, he must be around 65 years old. Hence, there are no opportunities in the film industry for him."