Monday, 3 September 2007
Enna kodumai sir ithu...
Recently, chennai based Dr.MGR university issued D.Litt(Doctorate) to 'Illayathalapathi' Vijay & Director Shankar. Here is abstract from the university founder AC.Shanmugam...
"Why we have chosen Especially Actor Vijay when there are many other heroes in cinema industry? The main reason for He being chosen is, he has delivered the message that parents are more important than love in the movie Kadhalukku Mariyadhai and also for accepting and taking up the suggestive roles in movies like Love today and Sivakasi, said A.C. Shanmugam. He is also Honered with this Doctorate because he is a middle class and not into politics , he said. Same like, Director Shankar is also honored with Doctorate for which he has brought new technics and broke the record by directing the movie Sivaji which the Tamil movies has not done before, he added. It seems they also took the other movie of Director Shankar into count."
However, the very next day Vijay appealed to his fans to avoid using 'doctor' before his name.
"Whoever calls me 'doctor', you my fans should not. I want to remain your intimate Vijay," the actor said at a function here to mark the 126th day of Pokkiri.
Coming to our topic, I don't find or accept the above reason to give a D.Litt to these personalities. In few years, like any other degrees(BE, M.Tech, etc.,.), I'm sure that D.Litt will lose its creditability. Who got popular due to this title - receiver or university ? I don't think this is good benchmark to issue D.Litt. To avoid these kind of illogical honors : 'Why not the govt imposes ban on issuing D.Litt by private or deemed universities'.? Let me know your thoughts.