Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be conferred with honorary DLitt at the 3rd convocation of Kazi Nazrul University (KNU) on May 26 in West Burdwan district.

According to Vice-Chancellor Sadhan Chakraborty, the convocation will be held on the university campus.

He added that renowned physicist SM Yusuf of the Bhaba Atomic Research Centre would be conferred with honorary DSc and veteran actor Sharmila Tagore would be conferred an honorary D Litt.

Sharmila Tagore, however, will not be able to attend the function on May 26. Chakraborty said the 73-year-old would be handed over the honour — a citation, a scroll and a memento — on a later date at a place of her convenience.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be the chief guest at the convocation and West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will deliver the address as the chancellor of the institution.

The V-C also said West Bengal Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee would be the guest of honour.

The Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata is said to be coordinating the visit of Sheikh Hasina to the state.

The dignitaries would be present during the first half of the Kazi Nazrul University convocation, called special convocation, to be held from 11.30 am and 1.30 pm, said the V-C.

An estimated 450 students will be given the post-graduation citations and 19 will be conferred rank holder university medals at the convocation.

The university was established under the West Bengal Act XIX of 2012 and named after renowned poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

The post graduate citations and medals will cover four streams — Arts, Science, Commerce and Law.

The Kazi Nazrul University has 20 affiliated undergraduate colleges — all in West Burdwan district — having 42,000 students.