Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday conferred an honorary doctorate on actor-politician & Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder-president Kamal Haasan at an event in a private institution in Bhubaneswar.
Addressing the event Patnaik said, “I am delighted to be here today to attend this special event and to confer an honorary doctorate on Kamal Haasan, a towering personality of Indian cinema. We are very delighted for his presence here. Haasan is a legend who has served the nation throughout his life through art, cinema and humanitarian works. He has made many new experiments in cinema. His silent movie Pushpak has been hailed as an all-time great in the world of cinema. I am informed that he has turned his fan club into an organisation for humanitarian activities. This speaks volumes about his commitment to human values. I wish him success in all his endeavours.”
The CM further stated that “technical education and vocational training has been at the forefront of our approach for economic planning and sustainable growth of our state. This focused approach has made Odisha a leader in skill training in the country and “Skilled-In-Odisha” is emerging as a global brand.”
“It is a matter of great pleasure that participants from Odisha have shown the talent and brought laurels for our state as well as for the country both at National and International levels. My Government is working relentlessly to ensure the best eco-system in the field of skill development for the youth of our State. We are partnering with ITEES, Singapore to establish a World Skill Centre at Bhubaneswar which shall impact international standard skill development training to our youth and enhance their employability,” Patnaik added.