Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wowed some Jamia students with his gesture.
A source said when the President arrived on the campus he shook hands with some NSS students, impressing many of them.
At Jamia he was honoured a degree as announced earlier by the university. “India, with a population of 1.3 billion is not a part of the UNSC. Over 1.7 billion people live in the Islamic world but they too are not a part of the UNSC. This is not a healthy sign,” said Erdogan, who has come to India on a two-day visit, while speaking at Jamia Millia Islamia where he was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree.
The Special Convocation was attended among others by a 90-member Turkish delegation accompanying the President, Turkish Ambassador to India, Shakir Ozkan Torunlar, Saudi Ambassador Saud Mohammad Al-Sati, officials of the Ministry of External Affairs, Heads of various Diplomatic Missions in Delhi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof Shahid Ashraf, OSD to VC Prof Sharfuddin Ahmad, Deans, Heads, Directors, faculty members and students.
The degree was given to the President for “his contribution to strengthen international cooperation, peace and diplomacy as well as for his extraordinary humanitarian aid to millions of refugees”.
President Erdogan said that he was delighted to accept the honorary degree from a university which has played a significant role not only in India’s freedom movement.