In a first of its kind case, 98 year-old Raj Kumar Vaishya has passed the MA economics examination from Patnaʼs Nalanda Open University (NOU) with a second division.
Vaishya graduated for Agra University in 1938 and was very delighted with his achievement.
“Finally, I have fulfilled my long cherished dream. Now I am a postgraduate. I decided to prove two years ago that even at this age, one can fulfill their dreams and achieve anything. I am an example,” he said.
Vaishya said that he wanted to send the youth a message that defeat should never be accepted.
“I want to tell them not to get upset and depressed. ‘Mauka aur avsar har wakt rehta hai, kewal khud pe vishwas hona chahiyeʼ (There will always be opportunities for those who believe in themselves),” he said.
He admitted that following the routine of a students was not easy in his age and said "It was really difficult for me to wake up early to prepare for the exams."
Officials from NOU said "Vaishya was so determined to get a postgraduate degree that he sat for a three-hour MA first year examination in 2016 and the final year exam in 2017 along with students younger than his grandchildren. He wrote in English and used nearly two dozen sheets in each exam."
“The idea was not to get a degree but to study economics. There are many PhD students who have the superfluous knowledge,” he said. Born on April 1, 1920, in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, he did his graduation from Agra University in 1938 and got a degree in law in 1940. “I failed to pursue a postgraduate program at that time due to family responsibilities,” Vaishya said