US University offers honorary doctorate to PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been offered an honorary doctorate for his work in inclusive growth by the Southern University System of Louisiana, as per reports.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2014, 20:35 PM IST

Louisiana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been offered an honorary doctorate for his work in inclusive growth by the Southern University System of Louisiana, as per reports.

As per a website, the university board met in the Baton Rouge campus to discuss the issue. Later they approved the conferment of the PhD to PM Modi.

Baton Rogue is the capital of Louisiana State

As per a statement issued by the university, it was was impressed by Modi's goal of inclusive growth in Gujarat.

Modi was the CM of Gujarat for more than a decade.

The decision was also taken after reportedly considering the work done by Modi in the first 100 days as PM.

The university also hailed Modi announcement of 10-year moratorium on caste and communal violence India and his 'Digital India' initiative.

At the same time Modi has also been invited by the University to be the Commencement Speaker for Fall 2015 Commencement (to be held on December 11, 2015). An inauguration of the Global Headquarters of the Center for ICT Enabled Social Transformation will take place too and it will be named after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Meanwhile, describing America as India's "vital partner", PM Modi on Thursday embarked on his first visit to the US confident that his five-day trip will mark a "new chapter" in bilateral strategic ties.

As Modi seeks to promote India as open for business and to mend ties with the US after a bitter diplomatic row last year, Modi said he was looking forward to meeting President Barack Obama in Washington over two days.

The Prime Minister said he will discuss with Obama how Indo-US ties can be taken to a "new level" in the interest of the two countries as well as of the world, PTI reported.

Obama will host a rare private dinner for Modi at the White House on September 29, so as to establish a personal relationship with the Indian leader ahead of summit talks the next day. The two leaders are meeting for the first time.

With PTI inputs