Chennai, Sep 7 (UNI) Ace Shooter Abhinav Bindra, who won India's first-ever individual gold at the Beijing Olympics and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Madhavan Nair were today honoured with Honorary Doctorates by the SRM University, a leading private educational institution in Tamil Nadu.
The young shooter, who inspired India to win two more medals (bronze in wrestling and boxing) in the quadrennial event, was conferred with the Honorary Doctorate at the University's fourth convocation held at its campus in suburban Kattankulathur.
Governor Surjit Singh Barnala conferred the Doctorate to Bindra and Nair, who has made impressive strides in space at an impressive and colourful ceremony.
SRM University, the first educational Institute to honour Bindra with the doctorate, also presented a cash award of Rs five lakh, it had announced soon after he won the gold medal, in recognition of his achievement.
After the convocation, Bindra laid the foundation stone for a Sports Academy to be set up by the University to provide world class infrastructure to nurture sports talent.
The academy would have a synthetic eight-lane athletics track, world class shooting range, synthetic tennis courts, besides facilities for other sports like volleyball, basketball and badminton.
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