The BBC said Rushdie addressed students as he accepted his award and read from his latest effort "The Enchantress of Florence."
"My little contribution has been to create an Indian English to go alongside the Irish English, Caribbean English and Australian English," the BBC quoted Rushdie as saying. "James Joyce was probably more of an inspiration to me than any other writer ever has been. To get an award with his name on it is a really moving thing. I'm very happy to have it."
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]
Polly Bergen, Emmy Award-winning actress, dies