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He got his post-graduate degree at age 98.

Summary: My message to the young generation is keep trying, says 98-year-old man with post graduate degree in economics

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Patna: It's never too late to study: a 98-year-old man has just added to his qualifications - a post graduate degree in economics.

Raj Kumar Vaishaya who stays in Rajendra Nagar in Patna, the capital of Bihar state, India, retired from service some four decades ago. On Tuesday, he came on to the convocation stage in a wheelchair to receive his degree from Meghalaya governor Ganga Prasad. The audience gave him a standing ovation. The man achieved the impossible by changing his daily routine and food habits.

"Now my long-cherished dream to get a post graduate degree is fulfilled. I want to study further, but my health doesn't support me," he told the audience. On his message to the younger generation, he said: "Keep on trying."

Vaishaya passed the bachelor of law examination in 1940 from Agra University in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. He got admission to the post-graduate class in 2015 at the age of 96 - some 75 years after he had completed his graduation.

But passing the examination was not an easy task either given his advanced age and health complications.

"Initially, I faced a lot of difficulties in writing answers to the questions. I would hardly write four-five pages as my hands trembled. So I arranged a desk-bench (as is available in the examination hall) at home and started practicing writing dily. The result was that I was able to write answers running into 34 pages," Vaishya told Gulf News . He passed the examination in second division from Patna's Nalanda Open University.

The man abandoned his favourite weakness - "rasgolla", a syrupy dessert popular in the Indian sub-continent, to ensure his stomach doesn't get upset. "I studied six hours a day without fail and finally managed to get my degree," he said, his face bathed in a smile.

He now plans to write on poverty and unemployment, two issues plaguing Indian society.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Dec 27, 2017
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