Proving the adage “Age is just a number”, a 97-year-old Raj Kumar Vaishya from Bareilly is setting the goals for all the people advocating against the education.
This man, Raj Kumar was a student in Nalanda Open University and passed the M.A Economics final year exams.
Vaishya is all of 97 years old.
Born in April 1920, Vaishya, whose three sons have retired from central government services over the past several years, has stunned even the university authorities by his feet. “His zeal and dedication to pursue education is worthy of emulation by one and all”, said university registrar SP Sinha.
Vaishya, who graduated from Agra university way back in 1938, appeared at the examinations like any other student, at the venue on the University premises. “Never sought or got any special privilege on the ground of his advanced age”, said the Registrar.
Sinha said Vaishya was happy when university officials went to his residence for getting the admission form. “Again, we are going to present him the mark sheet of MA examination, which is a big occasion for us, as well,” he said
Soon after getting information of his success in the MA examinations, Vaishya’s grandsons rushed to greet him with sweets, as a token of their joy and congratulated him for what he had accomplished by his dedication and love for education.
“I thank my daughter-in-law Prof Bharti S Kumar, former head of history at Patna University, for regularly standing by my side. She even discontinued watching the serials and movies of her choice on television just to keep me undisturbed.”
Vaishya said he would now concentrate on writing articles on socio-economic issues, mainly those related to poverty and unemployment.
Kumar said her father in law always encouraged children to pursue education as a mission. “He has now emerged as a role model for the society at large “, she added.