Deccan Herald | Abhay Kumar |April 25, 2016 | PATNA | DHNS |
A nonagenarian, who retired from a private firm 36 years ago, created a record of sorts when he appeared for the MA (economics) examinations here.
The 96-year-old ‘veteran examinee’ Raj Kumar Vaishya refused special privileges at the examination centre and said he, much like other students, would write his papers in the examination hall in a normal way. The exams were conducted by the Nalanda Open University (NOU). Admitted to the post graduate course in economics last year, Vaishya stays in Rajendra Nagar area of the state capital, along with his son, who is a retired professor of an engineering college. Born in UP’s Bareilly district on April 1, 1920, Vaishya completed his matriculation from UP Board in 1934. In 1938, he graduated from Agra University, followed by LLB degree from the same varsity.
“I worked for a private firm in Koderma (now in Jharkhand) and retired in 1980. Ever since my retirement, I wanted to pursue my post graduation. But this dream has been fulfilled now,” said Vaishya. He thanked the Vice-Chancellor of NOU Dr Rasbihari Prasad Singh and Registrar S P Sinha for helping him fulfil his dream. The senior officials of the university had last year gone to Vaishya’s residence in Rajendra Nagar to complete the admission formalities. “But during the examination, he sought no special privileges,” said the NOU registrar. “Vaishya Ji has not only created history by appearing for the PG examination at the age of 96, but will also inspire many others to pursue their academic activities,” said the Vice-Chancellor. – Courtesy