Beating all odds, a nonagenarian has become the recipient of a postgraduate degree at the 12th annual convocation of Nalanda Open University in Bihar. Ninety-eight-year-old Raj Kumar Vaish was awarded a masters degree in economics by Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad at the convocation function of Nalanda Open University, Patna. He had enrolled for MA (Economics) in 2015.
“I am happy today. I had worked hard. For long, I had cherished the dream of completing my masters… the young should concentrate on their education and not on career alone,” Vaish told reporters in Patna after receiving the degree.
The university’s Registrar SP Sinha told PTI that a total of 22,100 students were awarded various degrees this year. Vaish was among 2780, including 29 gold medalists, who were invited to the convocation ceremony.
“It is really a big achievement for Nalanda Open University. Hats off to Raj Kumar Vaish and his sheer determination to pursue studies at this age. We wonder where he draws his energy from,” Sinha said.
Bihar: 98-year-old Raj Kumar who passed MA (economics) examination from Patna’s Nalanda Open University in September, receives his degree from the university. On being asked what message he has for the young generation, he said, ‘always keep trying.’ pic.twitter.com/vSl2AQiPdI
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Vaish is probably the oldest person to get a post-graduate degree from this university, he said. The university will preserve his notebooks as a source of inspiration for the youth, Sinha added.
“We are glad that my father fulfilled his dream. At the convocation ceremony, my father was offered a wheelchair since he had difficulty in climbing stairs, but he chose to move with the help of a walker and received his degree,” Vaish’s son, Santosh Kumar, a retired professor of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna, said.