Published: 27th December 2017
Meet this 98-year-old from Patna, who became an Eco postgraduate yesterday
Raj Kumar Vaishya was one among 22.1K students to receive a degree from Nalanda Open University this year. About 2780 students, including 29 gold medalists were invited to the convocation ceremony
A 98-year-old man has become the recipient of a postgraduate degree at the 12th annual convocation of Nalanda Open University. Raj Kumar Vaishya was awarded a masters degree in economics by Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad at the convocation function of NOU, Patna. He had enrolled in 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," Vaishya told reporters here after receiving the degree. The university's Registrar S P 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 NOU. Hats off to Vaish and his sheer determination to pursue studies at this age. We wonder where does he draw his energy from," Sinha said.
Vaishya 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," Vaishs son, Santosh Kumar, a retired professor of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna, said. "The Meghalaya Governor told my father - you are a source of inspiration," Kumar said.
Vaishya 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 with Christian Mica Industry at Koderma (now in Jharkhand). He retired as a general manager from the company in the early 1980s, the nonagenarian's son said.