| Updated at: 2146 PST, Saturday, October 30, 2010|
MUMBAI: Bollywood female star Preity Zinta, known for her performances in films like 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' and 'Veer Zaara' was conferred with the honorary doctorate by a leading UK university for her outstanding contributions to the film industry and her tireless work as an humanitarian.
Along with Zinta, two leading NRI peers, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, considered one of the great political philosophers of the 20th century and Lord Navnit Dholakia OBE, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, were conferred with the honorary Doctorate of Law by Patrick McGhee, the Vice Chancellor of the University of East London, at a special convocation at the sprawling campus at Docklands.
Receiving the honorary Doctorate of Arts, 35-year-old Preity said: "I am extremely humbled to receive this award amid such distinguished gathering."
Underlining the importance of empowerment of women and educating girls, she said "the only way you can do that is by ensuring that you are educated."