It was a proud moment for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today as she has been conferred with the honour of Doctor of Literature (D.Litt) by Calcutta University, reports ANI. The award was presented to Banerjee by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at the Nazrul Mancha auditorium in south Kolkata. Speaking during convocation Banerjee spoke about intolerance and distortion of history in the country. She said, "Intolerance is rising in the country. History should not be distorted. India has diversity of origin and we should respect that." Intolerance is rising in the country. History should not be distorted. India has diversity of origin and we should respect that: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata pic.twitter.com\/nSJcY9XI2f \u2014 ANI (@ANI) January 11, 2018 According to a PTI report, earlier this week, a petition in the Calcutta High Court was filed by a former professor of the university, Ranjugopal Mukherjee, challenging the university\u2019s decision. In his plea, Mukherjee claimed that it was arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning. He also claimed that no incumbent chief minister has already been conferred the award. Mukherjee's lawyer Shamim Ahmed said, \u201cWe have filed a PIL, challenging the decision of the university on several grounds of her ineligibility which we will place before the high court during the hearing.\u201d As per PTI report, Ahmed added, \u201cThe members of the university senate are appointed by the state government, which is headed by Banerjee. The same people have decided to honour the chief minister with the honorary D.Litt.\u201d The report added that during the hearing in court on Wednesday, the West Bengal government argued that the petition was \u201cpolitically motivated,\u201d and that it did not amount to public interest. Advocate General Kishore Dutta said that the plea was \u201cout and out in political interest,\u201d and that \u201cexcept character assassination, nothing is there.\u201d Earlier on January 9, the Dhaka Tribune reported that on January 16 in a special convocation ceremony, Chittagong University (CU) will honour former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee with a Doctor of Letters (D Litt). The report added, "The University decided to honour him during its 52nd syndicate meeting." The former President of India is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on January 15 and will stay at the University Campus from 12 pm to 2:30 pm, added the report.