India's star gymnast Dipa Karmakar awarded DLitt degree
India's star gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the women's vault event at the Rio Olympics last year, was on Saturday conferred a D.Litt. degree by the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala. Karmakar, 24, who became the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, finished fourth in the final round of the women's vault event at the Rio Olympics Games in Brazil last year.
Degrees were given to 950 students and 31 Ph.D scholars. Twenty students, including 11 girls, were given gold medals in various academic branches of the institute. The NIT honoured Bollywood actor Nana Patekar with a D.Litt. degree and Governor Tathagata Roy with D.Eng at last year's convocation.