Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan had conferred an honorary doctorate for his contribution to cinema by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder had conferred the honorary doctorate by the Centurion University of Technology and Management on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters after the event, Haasan thanked Patnaik for having presented him with the degree and said, "I am very honored to get an honorary degree which is being given for the first time from the university. I think Odisha is a model state from which we are trying to learn many things in order to develop Tamil Nadu. I thank Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for taking out his time to honor me and my relatively new Makkal Needhi Maiam party.”