20-JUN-2015: Aligarh Muslim University has awarded Padamshree Dr Vellayani Arjunan, a former AMU Faculty member with a D.Litt (Doctor of Literature, Doctor of Letters) degree for his thesis in Malayalam on 'Influence of Sreenarayana Guru on Malayalam Poetry'.
The Panel, which recommended the D.Litt to Dr Arjunan was constituted by AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (retd).
Professor T N Satheesan, Professor of Malayalam and Chairman, Modern Indian Languages congratulated Dr Vellayani Arjunan for his achievement. "It is recognition for a serious researcher who continues his academic activities even at the age of 84 and an inspiration to the young scholars," said Prof Satheesan.
Dr Arjunan has worked as the first Malayalam lecturer in AMU from 1961 to 1970. After leaving AMU, he was appointed as the Director of the Institute of encyclopedic publications in Kerala. He completed his PhD degree from AMU in 1964.
Dr Arjunan has published more than 40 books, which include his works on poetry, criticism, linguistics, Comparative Literature, etc. His books were used as textbooks in school and college syllabus for many years.
Government of India conferred Padmasree to Dr Arjunan in 2008 for his contributions to literature and education. He was awarded Suhrd Samman by Uttar Pradesh Government for National integration in 1993.
Earlier, the Jabalpur University has awarded Dr Arjunan, a D.Litt for his thesis on 'The influence of Hindi vocabularies on the South Indian Languages: A Linguistic study.' He has also received a D.Litt from the Agra University for his thesis on 'A Comparative Study of the mutual relations and Uniformity of Hindi and Malayalam Languages. '