Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan receives Edinburgh degree

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One of the world’s most popular actors, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh.

Khan received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University Chancellor, The Princess Royal.

Shah Rukh Khan with his degree. Pic: comp

Shah Rukh Khan with his degree. Pic: comp

The actor - who has appeared in more than 80 films - was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor.

Khan’s charitable work has included bringing solar power to rural villages in India, creating a children’s ward at a Mumbai hospital and supporting relief funds to assist areas devastated by tsunamis.

After receiving his honorary degree, Khan - who has more than 15 million Twitter followers - gave a public lecture, which was attended by many of the University’s 400 South Asian students, along with South Asian community groups.

Shah Rukh Khan, said: “It is a pleasure to be honoured by the University of Edinburgh and tread in the footsteps of so many of the world’s illustrious thinkers, leaders and personalities.

“To have the opportunity to address one of the most esteemed educational institutions in the world is a special moment.

“I look forward to the University continuing on its path as a great civic university.”