Varanasi: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan was conferred with honorary D Lit degree by Banaras Hindu University at its 94th convocation function held here.

The university awarded the honorary degree to the mega star in absentia.

The other recipient of the D Lit degree includes Dr S Ayappan, director general of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and vice chancellor of JNU, New Delhi, Prof SK Sopori.
A total of 8,213 students including 4,689 UG, 3,065 PG and 459 Ph D students received degrees in the convocation function.

Earlier, speaking as the chief guest of the convocation function, Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar emphasised the need to change the kind of education being imparted to youths.

Citing the glorious history of BHU, founded by Pt Madan Mohan Malviya, she said there is a need to come up with education system in universities that provide moral, spiritual and national values along with traditional and modern knowledge of science.

BHU Chancellor Karan Singh and vice chancellor Lalji Singh were among those present.