Calicut University on 29th Jan 2018 presented actor Mohanlal and Olympian P. T. Usha with a Doctorate of Literature(D.Litt) for their contributions in their particular fields. Kerala State Governor P Sathasivam and other delegates were present at the convocation.
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam conferred the honorary Doctorate of Literature(D.Litt) on the two personalities at the function. He said, “Mohanlal and Usha encouraged young people through their respective areas and contented life. Both Mohanlal and P T Usha are extraordinary figures who have become household titles in Kerala by virtue of their professional excellence.”
Achievements and career of Mohanlal
In a career spanning near forty years, Mohanlal has received numerous awards and honors both competitive and honorary, among them are five National Film Awards, nine Kerala State Film Awards, and Film fare Awards South. In 2010, Mohanlal had received an honorary doctorate from the Sree Shankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady.
In 2001, the Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor in the country for his contribution to the arts. He is also the first actor in the country to be honored the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army of India.
Achievements and career of Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha
P.T Usha known as “Payyoli Express”, during her illustrious career, Usha won many national as well as international awards. She became the youngest Indian sprinter to participate in the Olympics. When she participated in the 1980 Moscow Olympics at the age of 16.
P.T Usha also represented the nation at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the international event at Seoul in 1986. P. T. Usha received the Arjuna Award in 1984, She was also awarded the Padma Shri in 1984. Currently, she coaches young athletes at her training academy at Koyilandy near Kozhikode in Kerala.