Jamia Millia University honours Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of six millions Tibetans and a global icon of peace and inter-faith harmony, was Tuesday conferred an honorary doctorate by Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia, a government-funded central university with a 90-year-old rich history. The honour had the nod of the Indian government. The university vice chancellor, Najeeb Jung, awarded the degree to the Dalai Lama in the presence of Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and thousands of students and members of the faculty, besides diplomats and leading lights, at the university campus. "I feel highly honoured to get this degree from an Islamic university. One of my main concerns is religious harmony," the Dalai Lama said.
Addressing the students, the Dalai Lama gave the message of making the 21st century a century of peace. "The 20th century was a century of bloodshed, but nothing was achieved out of that bloodshed. The 21st Century must be a century of peace and you will shape it," he said adding that education should go along with morals and ethics to achieve this aim. Sibal congratulated the university for honouring the Dalai Lama in "keeping with its secular traditions". Emphasising on the value of higher education, Sibal said that the future of India depended on its education sector.