Sachin Tendulkar. @ IANS
Sachin Tendulkar. @ IANS

India icon Sachin Tendulkar had turned down an offer from Jadavpur University that wanted to confer the Master Blaster with an honorary Doctorate of Literature at their 63rd Annual Convocation on December 24 this year.

Vice-chancellor of the university Suranjan Das said that Tendulkar informed in an email that he will not accept the citation “due to Nitigoto (ethical) reasons.”

“What Tendulkar actually meant was that since he hasn’t earned it, he feels that it would be morally wrong for him to accept the D. Lit,” Das told News 18.

After the news about Tendulkar’s refusal reached Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, it was decided that Indian Olympic boxer Mary Kom be conferred with the honour instead.

Earlier, in 2011, Tendulkar had also refused to accept a similar offer from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS).