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HONORIS CAUSA DOCTORATE

Honorary Doctorate

The rank of honorary doctorate or doctor honoris causa is an honorific title granted by an exceptional procedure. Originally a university would confer the dignity of doctor honoris causa in order to distinguish a learned person whose knowledge and wisdom were considered exemplary, but also, in return, to pride itself for having recognized and "recruited" among its faculty such an outstanding person. Formerly universities have given some more picturesque titles than doctor honoris causa, like doctor or professor angelicus, eximius, mirabilis, subtilis, illuminates... The conferring of an honorary doctorate or doctor honoris causa still follows, sometimes, an old protocol.

Serving as a way to inspire students, OPJS University awards Honoris Causa Doctorate on a selective basis to distinguished individuals who merit exceptional recognition for their profound and enduring contributions in a field or activity, in accordance with the values of the University.

Admission Procedure

Applications are welcome at any time, but for consideration for award at the next convocation ceremonies, Applications must be submitted by December 15th of each year. Applications will be compiled by the Committee secretary.

The Committee will begin deliberations early in January. Recommendations will normally be submitted to Academic Council for approval in March. Nominations approved by President will be considered for approval by the Board of Management at the Board’s next meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

Honorary doctorates will be awarded to those well recognized for distinguished and visionary leadership and achievements consistent with OPJS’s core values, mission, and goals. They will exemplify the highest personal and professional standards that serve as an inspiration and model for students, faculty, staff, and our communities. They may be eminent researchers, scholars, professionals, creative artists, performers, athletes, or persons renowned for exemplary public service regionally, nationally, or globally. It will be evident that their contributions have enriched society and the quality of life.

Although not all areas of achievement can be recognized in any one year, over the course of several years the awards should reflect the diversity of OPJS’s academic programs, research, and support services. The awards should also reflect the social and cultural diversity of our region.

  • Eminence in their areas of endeavour recognizing their substantial achievement and contributions in the field of education.
  • Master degree with considerable achievement in their field
  • Eminent researchers, scholars, professionals, creative artists, performers, athletes, or persons renowned for exemplary public service regionally, nationally, or globally.
  • This will be evident that their contributions have enriched society and the quality of life.

Procedure to Award

The OPJS Honorary Degree Selection Committee reviews applications annually and makes recommendations to President. With the approval of President, Chairman and the Board of Management, the Patron confers the honorary doctorate at convocation. Normally, no more than one honorary doctorate will be awarded at each convocation ceremony. Recipients are expected to be present to receive the award, and are invited to give a brief address to the convocation. They will also be invited to return to OPJS University at a later date to give a longer address and meet with faculty, staff, and students. Awards will not normally be made posthumously. The Committee may seek additional information.

Membership of the Honorary Degree Selection Committee

  • OPJS President (or designate) as Chair
  • OPJS Chairman nominee
  • Two members of the Board of Management, appointed annually by the sponsoring body of the University
  • Two members of Senior Administration, appointed annually by the President
  • Five members appointed by President from, including at least two senior faculty members outside from the university.

The Executive Assistant to the President will serve as the Committee secretary

Award of the Degree

After successful completion of application and approved by HDSC a notification shall be issued and honorary degree shall be awarded.

There are three procedures to award the degree

  • Degree awarded in personal convection
    The convocation committee
    • President
    • Pro – President
    • Chairman Nominee
    • Registrar / controller of Examination
  • Degree awarded in University convocation
  • Convocation held at London parliament board

For Ph. D Honorary

Application form with academic bio data    100000/-

Biopic and work report    100000/-

Convocation Charges

  • Degree in personal convocation ( No Charge)
  • Degree in University convocation ( 100000/-)
  • Degree convocation in parliamentary board of London (300000/-)

PhD Honorary Admission Process

Step 1 –The nominee will submit online application form mentioning most appropriate for any scholar at University website (www.opjsuniversity.edu.in).

Step 2 -The nominee will describe his/her achievements and contribution to the society.

Step 3 –Then the nominee will explain about the relevance of his/her work to the OPJS University.

Step 4 – After that he/she will describe about the previous Honorary degrees if he/she had any.

Step 5 –The initial screening of the nomination will be made by the Senate Secretariat to ensure that the nomination adheres to these guidelines. Names will be added to the list for a period of three years from the date of nomination, at which time, if the nominee has not been selected, the name will be deleted. If the person is re nominated, and if the nomination is still valid according to these guidelines, the name will again be added to the list for an additional three year period.

Step 6 - From the active list of nominations, the Honorary Degrees Committee will select prospective degree recipients as required in the annual convocation cycles. Once a prospective degree recipient has been identified and agreed upon by the Committee, two members of the committee will be assigned to the nomination file in order to execute due diligence, based on publicly available information, to ensure that the nomination conforms fully to the selection principles and criteria.

Step 7 – Nominators will be invited to participate in the conferral of the degree as presenters or hosts, where and when possible, on the basis of their relevant relationship to the field of accomplishment of the nominee. Selection of these invitees will be determined by a group comprising the President, Director of Convocation, Provost and Secretary of Senate.

Step 8 –The Honorary Degrees Committee is appointed annually by council and consists of the Principal and such other members of board as determined from time to time by council. The duty of the Committee is to select persons to be recommended to council for the conferment of Honorary Degrees.

[The Honorary Degrees Committee is appointed annually by council and consists of the Principal and such other members of board as determined from time to time by council. The duty of the Committee is to select persons to be recommended to council for the conferment of Honorary Degrees].

NOTE:

  • Nominations submitted without the following documents will be returned to the Nominator.
  • A letter from the Nominator describing reasons for nominating the Nominee, including contributions or special accomplishments of the Nominee, and any other information which the Nominator feels may be pertinent to the nomination.
  • Letters of Support (not more than three).
  • Nominee's abridged curriculum vitae containing details such as education, field of endeavor a short description of publications (if any), specials awards, and distinguished service.
  • A short biographical summary (maximum 200 words), which will form the basis of the citation at convocation should the Nominee be chosen as an honorary degree recipient.

SCOPE & OPPORTUNITIES

Universities typically award honorary degrees to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the school or to society. In many cases, the holder of an honorary doctorate already has considerable education and experience in the degree field. However, in some cases the degree is awarded to an individual with no formal education.

Receiving an honorary degree, especially from a major university, is an impressive recognition of one's talents and contributions. An honorary doctorate can bring recognition to its holder in the public sphere, and is an asset in finding a job in the recipient's field. However, most honorary degree recipients already enjoy enough public recognition that the degree merely emphasizes the qualifications they already have.

Receiving an honorary doctorate qualifies its holder to use the title "Dr." in front of his name, though some find this demeaning to those who hold earned doctorates. Some holders of honorary doctorates use "Dr." to emphasize their credentials and earn extra publicity.

Possessing an honorary doctorate does not qualify its holder to practice in a field in which he/she has not been trained. Without formal education in medicine, architecture or theology, an honorary degree holder cannot serve as a doctor, architect or minister. Because most honorary degree holders are already specialists or experts in a field, few use their honorary doctorates as more than an award.

Many formally educated individuals feel that it is unethical for the holders of honorary doctorates to present themselves as experts in the degree field, pointing out that most holders of earned doctorates have had over 20 years of education. They say an honorary degree holder intending to represent himself as an expert in the field is both doing a disservice to institutions of higher education and trivializing the efforts of those who earned their degrees. These restrictions do not apply to those who are already experts in the degree field.

FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What can you do with an honorary PhD?

An honorary doctorate can bring recognition to its holder in the public sphere, and is an asset in finding a job in the recipient's field. However, most honorary degree recipients already enjoy enough public recognition that the degree merely emphasizes the qualifications they already have.

2. Is honorary doctorate useful?

Honorary doctorates do not come with monetary benefits but they carry enormous cache in an educational system that values degrees as markers of credibility and influence — many recipients add the prefix “Dr” to their names.

3. Can honorary PhD use Dr?

Technically, it is more of an award than a degree therefore abbreviated as “H.C”, not “Dr”. So person with an honorary award can't use “Dr” in their name.

4. Is an honorary doctorate the same as a PhD?

No, honorary doctorates don't hold the same academic weight as traditional doctorates. Honorary doctorates are used instead to honor someone's life's work or significant contributions in a topic or industry.

5. Can you put an honorary degree on your resume?

Outside the academic setting, the appropriate language is "honorary degree" or "honorary doctorate." It is recommended that in a curriculum vitae or resume the honorary degree be listed under “honors and awards” and not under “education.”

6. What is the difference between a professor and an honorary professor?

An honorary professor has received the title of professor, which is still an honorific, but the person could have been given it based on a variety of professional achievements or contributions, not always purely academic and not necessarily based on past time spent lecturing at the university.

7. How can I get honorary doctorate degree in India?

The honorary degree may be awarded to a person who has made a significant contribution to the cultural, scientific and / or social development of the state, nation or world. The contribution should last for a few years and be sustainable in nature. One can document the national or international impact of contributions.

8. Why do people get honorary PhD?

The degree is often conferred as a way of honoring a distinguished visitor's contributions to a specific field or to society in general. It is sometimes recommended that such degrees be listed in one's curriculum vitae (CV) as an award, and not in the education section.

9. Is an honorary professor a real professor?

An honorary professorship/associate professorship is an honorary title, which does not constitute an employment relationship. Therefore, honorary professors/associate professors are not paid a salary in connection with their affiliation with the university.

10. What is the abbreviation for honorary doctorate?

Dr. hc
Historically, a doctor honoris causa (or doctor honoris causa) receive the same treatment and privileges as those who obtained an academic doctoral conventional way - unless otherwise stated. The person receiving the title of "honorary doctorate" can use the abbreviation
Dr. hc

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