King Father to get Indian award (Nation)

Published on Nov 24 2008 // Main News

Phuentsholing, November 25: Vishva Bharati, an Indian university in West Bengal state, has announced that King Father Jigme Singye Wangchuk will be conferred with 'Deshikottama', the highest award from the institution.

He will be among eight personalities to get the award from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the university's annual convocation scheduled for December 6.

The university said he will be given the award for transforming the country’s political system to parliamentary democracy.

Other recipients of the award are former vice-chancellor of the same university Amlan Dutta, economist J Endrez, historian Irfan Habib and theatre man Habib Tanvir. Bhutan News Service