Bhubaneswar : Renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) received an honorary degree—D.Litt. (Honoris causa)—from the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. The degree was bestowed upon Amma virtually as part of the Deemed to be University’s 17th Annual Convocation Ceremony in recognition of Amma’s “great contributions in the field of spirituality, education, environmental issues, humanitarian efforts, love and compassion.”
Upon conferring Amma with the degree, KIIT’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sasmita Samanta, addressed Amma, saying, “In a world torn apart by strife and shaken by stress, all of humanity is lifting its eyes to you in hopes of finding the emotional support and strength to face the challenges of life with peace and equanimity. As the manifestation of the shining light of Bharata-samskara, you shine wherever you go and whatever you do.”
In her acceptance speech, Amma spoke about her vision of holistic education, “Education should spread light within and without. Education should equally develop discernment and contemplation. It should develop the curiosity to know the internal world just as much as it does to know the external world. Education should teach us to keep our inner eye open just as much as our external eyes. Education should instil awareness and strengthen the deep bond between the student and his nation, the world, his fellow human beings and other creatures, Nature and God.”
This is the third honorary degree conferred upon Amma. In 2019 and 2010 she was presented with Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of Mysore and the State University of New York respectively.