98-year-old man receives postgraduate degree from Nalanda varsity

Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 10:37 IST | Agencies

A 98-year-old man has become the recipient of a postgraduate degree at the 12th annual convocation of Nalanda Open University here

Ram Kumar Vaish says he worked very hard for the degree
Ram Kumar Vaish says he worked very hard for the degree

A 98-year-old man has become the recipient of a postgraduate degree at the 12th annual convocation of Nalanda Open University here. Raj Kumar Vaish was awarded a masters degree in economics by Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad at the convocation function. "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 here.

The university's Registrar S P Sinha said that Vaish was among the 2780, including 29 gold medalists, who were invited to the convocation ceremony. Vaish is probably the oldest person to get a post graduate (PG) 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. Vaish completed his graduation from Agra University in 1938 and secured a degree in LLB in 1940, but did not pursue post-graduation after getting a job as a 'law officer'.

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