28-12-2017 08:00 AM
Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
98-year-old man awarded masters degree
Henry Ford said, ‘ Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.’ That is what exactly Mr. Rajkumar Vaish did when he appeared for his masters exam at the age of 98.
Mr. Vaish, 98 received his postgraduate degree at the 12th annual convocation of Nalanda Open University in Bihar. He was awarded a masters degree in economics by Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad. He had enrolled for MA (Economics) in 2015.
After receiving the degree Mr. Vaish told reporters that he was very happy as he has realized a cherished dream of completing his masters. He added that the young should concentrate on their education and not on career alone.
The university's Registrar SP Sinha applauded Raj Kumar Vaish for his sheer determination to pursue studies at that age and said that it was a big achievement for Nalanda Open University. The university will preserve his notebooks as a source of inspiration for the youth, Mr. Sinha added.
Mr. Vaish's son, Santosh Kumar, a retired professor of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna said that he was glad that his father could fulfill his dream. The Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad also praised Mr. Vaish and said that he is a source of inspiration.
After completing his graduation from Agra University in 1938, Mr. Vaish 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).