Doctorate in Literature Awarded For His Exemplary Contribution Towards Environment and Hospitality
MUMBAI - 1 October 2013 - Padmabhushan Capt. CP Krishnan Nair, Founder Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Literature for his exemplary contribution towards Environment and Hospitality by Jodhpur National University, at the University’s 2nd Convocation Ceremony, which was attended by Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Dr. C. Rangarajan, Chairman, the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, dignitaries from Jodhpur and around the world, and hundreds of graduating students. Capt. Nair, who is the recipient of several accolades, including the Global 500 Laureate Roll of Honour by the United Nations for his untiring efforts in environmental conservation, received the prestigious honour along with Shri Amitabh Bachchan, who was also awarded a Doctorate in Literature for his exemplary contribution to Hindi cinema.
Shri Kamal Mehta, Chairperson and Chancellor of the University, awarded the Doctorate to Capt. Nair for his inspiring leadership, outstanding business acumen and unwavering commitment and exemplary contribution to the Indian hospitality industry and establishing The Leela as one of the leading hospitality brands in India.
Commenting on the recognition, Capt. Nair said, “It is a privilege for me to be the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Jodhpur National University. It is a reminder of my dream for a fully literate India, where every child, whether a girl or a boy, is given compulsory free education. Only a strong educational foundation will prepare our youth for our country’s future – a future of progress and prosperity.”
Jodhpur National University (JNU) is the first private university created under the State Government Private University Act, has pioneered the concept of technical and professional education in the Western part of Rajasthan. It is housed in a campus of 30 acres and has more than 13,000 students.
Capt. Nair, in his address to the hundreds of graduating students of the University, passed on the message of positivity. He said, “The success code lies within you. Whatever dream you choose to pursue, take pride in it. Aim at being the best-of-the-best. Innovative thinking and persistent action are a necessity in this highly competitive globalized economy. You are responsible for our tomorrows, and you have to change, the much needed reforms that will transform India as one of greatest nations our global family.”
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is owned by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. The ultra-luxury hotel group owns and manages eight award-winning properties in prime urban locations and magical holiday destinations across India including Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Udaipur and Kovalam. New luxury hotel properties under development include Jaipur, Bangalore, Noida, Agra and Lake Ashtamudi, Kerala. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is committed to providing warm, gracious and anticipatory service in settings that capture the essence of India. The group has marketing alliances with Germany-based Kempinski hotels, US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is A member of the Global Hotel Alliance based in Geneva, Switzerland. For further information, please contact your travel counselor or visit our website at http://images.theleela.com.
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