King’s College of London has conferred the prestigious Doctor of Science Honoris Causa on Dr. Sania Nishtar, a Pakistani cardiologist and author who is the current special assistant to the prime minister.
Dr. Sania Nishtar, who already has a Ph.D. from King’s College, is also chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme, a poverty reduction initiative. The ceremony was attended by a select gathering of academia, research scholars and the college administration at the University Chapel.
After receiving her degree in person, Dr. Sania Nishtar told journalists that she is deeply humbled. According to Kings College Chairman Lord Geidt, honorary degrees are conferred by King’s on persons of conspicuous merit and the highest distinction.
“Honorary Graduands have no formal duties as such, but may, of course, contribute to the life of the university by sharing experiences and expertise or engaging socially.” Pakistan’s High Commissioner Nafees Zakaria congratulated Dr. Sania Nishtar on the prestigious award.
On the occasion, he said that the conferment of an honorary degree by a leading university of the UK is an acknowledgment of her contributions to public health, social protection, and poverty alleviation. “The award is a matter of pride for all of us.”
King’s College is one of the UK’s leading universities with an international reputation in the humanities, law, health, and sciences. It has a long tradition of excellence and a truly global perspective, dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges and to developing its future leaders.