Renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) received an honorary degree - D.Litt. (Honoris causa)-from the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) in Bhubaneswar. The degree was bestowed upon Amma virtually as part of the Deemed to be University’ s 17thAnnual Convocation Ceremony in recognition of Amma’ s “great contributions in the field of spirituality, education, environmental issues, humanitarian efforts, love, and compassion.

The degree was conferred to Amma in the presence of KIIT’ s Chancellor, Prof. Ved Prakash; Pro-Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Subrat Kumar Acharya; and Registrar Prof. Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, as well as Chief Guest Sri. Dharmendra Pradhan, Honourable Minister of Education, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and fellow honorary degree recipients, Nobel Laureate Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn (Chemistry -1987)and Shri Vallabh Bhanshali, Co-Founder of ENAM Securities, Founder, Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation, Founder-Director, FLAME University.

This is the third honorary degree conferred upon Amma. In 2019 and 2010 she was presented with Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of Mysore and the State University of New York respectively.