Indian Prime Minister honours Chancellor

05 January 2015

Thousands watched Professor Yunus receive a gold medal in recognition of his work

Thousands watched Professor Yunus receive a gold medal in recognition of his work

GCU Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus has been honoured by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the opening ceremony of the country’s 102nd Science Congress.

An audience of more than 20,000 watched Professor Yunus receive a gold medal in recognition of his work “giving the poorest a life of hope, opportunity and dignity”.

Professor Yunus was honoured alongside four fellow Nobel Laureates and five scientists.

Said Mr Modi: “We have with us Nobel Laureates whose work in science has given new hope against dreaded disease and one whose understanding of social science gave the poorest a life of hope, opportunity and dignity.”

Professor Yunus addressed the congress on the potential of technology to help create a world free of poverty and unemployment, before meeting Mr Modi to discuss how developments in science and technology can be used to attract talent to India.

Professor Yunus was also named by by the Swiss Gottleib Duttweiler Institute (GDI) fifth in its list of Top 100 Thought Leaders 2014: the most influential thinkers. The list is topped by Pope Francis and includes Tim Berners-Lee and Czech novelist Milan Kundera.