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Sunil Bharti Mittal awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Leeds (UK)

New Delhi, July 16, 2009: Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman & Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the University of Leeds, UK. The University of Leeds awards honorary degrees to people distinguished by their contributions to business, arts, government or public life in general. The other recipients of honorary degrees for the year include Dr Nicola Brewer, Bekele Geleta, Simon Mason, Michael Nyman, Lord Oxburgh and Dr Peter Robinson. Past Honorary Graduates from the University include prominent names such as Jack Straw (Labour MP), and JRR Tolkien (Writer).

On the occasion Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal said, “I am delighted with this honour from such a globally reputed institution and would like to extend my sincere thanks to them. The recognition reflects India's growing reputation in the international fora. I sincerely believe this will go a long way towards inspiring India's young generation to pursue their goals with passion and commitment."

The University of Leeds is UK’s second largest university with 30,500 students from over 130 countries. It is among the top ten universities for research in the UK and is internationally acknowledged as a centre of excellence in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines.

About Bharti Enterprises:

Bharti Enterprises is one of India’s leading business groups with interests in telecom, agri business, financial services, retail and manufacturing. Bharti has been a pioneering force in the telecom sector with many firsts and innovations to its credit. Bharti Airtel, a group company, is one of Asia’s leading providers of telecommunications services with operations in India and Sri Lanka spanning Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. Bharti Airtel has been voted as India’s most innovative company, in a survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal. Bharti Teletech is country’s largest manufacturer and exporter of telephone terminals. Bharti has a joint venture with Del Monte Pacific Limited - FieldFresh Foods Pvt. Ltd - to offer fresh and processed fruits and vegetables in the domestic as well as international markets. Bharti has joint ventures with AXA, world leader in financial protection and wealth management, for Life Insurance, General Insurance and Asset Management. Bharti has retail business under a company called Bharti Retail. It also has a joint venture – Bharti Wal-Mart-with Wal-Mart for wholesale cash-and-carry and back-end supply chain management operations in India.