Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh for his contribution to film and his philanthropic work.

Shah Rukh Khan said he was “extremely grateful and extremely humbled” by the recognition, saying it inspired him to work harder so that he deserved it “at least in retrospect”.

The actor was presented with the degree in recognition of his outstanding record of philanthropy, altruism and humanitarianism and his global reach as an actor. His charitable work includes bringing solar power to rural villages in India, creating a children’s ward at a Mumbai hospital and supporting relief funds to assist areas devastated by tsunamis.

“It is a pleasure to be honoured by the University of Edinburgh and tread in the footsteps of so many of the world’s illustrious thinkers, leaders and personalities. To have the opportunity to address one of the most esteemed educational institutions in the world is a special moment,” said Shah Rukh after receiving the honour.

“I am a Doctor all over again…yay!! Her Royal Highness & Prof. Jeffery & Smith & all your colleagues, thank you for the Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Shah Rukh Khan gave a public lecture, which was attended by the University’s South Asian students. “The University of Edinburgh has strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to recognise the philanthropic work and career of one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema,” said Professor Charlie Jeffery, University of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal.

The 49-year-old superstar, who has appeared in more than 80 films, also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Bedfordshire.