In what could be a first of its kind, 98-year-old Raj Kumar Vaishya has passed the MA (economics) examination from Patna’s Nalanda Open University (NOU) with a second division. Vaishya, who graduated in 1938, expressed his delight on Tuesday at this 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 fulfil their dreams and achieve anything. I am an example,” he said.
Vaishya reiterated that he has been trying to send a message to the youth that defeat should never be accepted. “I want to tell them not to get upset and depressed. ‘There will always be opportunities for those who believe in themselves,” he said. He said: “It was really difficult for me to wake up early to prepare for the exams.”
According to NOU officials, 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.
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