More than 30 students over the age group of 40 years were conferred degrees at the 64th annual convocation of Panjab University in Chandigarh on Saturday.
For 58-year-old major general (retd) Amarjit Singh, learning is a lifelong process. "It feels great to be a student and learn new things. In this fast moving world we need to upgrade ourselves to maintain the competitive edge," he said.
Completing doctorate in library science has been a great adventure for 57-year-old Shiv Kumar, resident of Hoshiarpur. "The whole experience has rejuvenated my life," he said. Kumar was all praise for the younger generation. "I want the younger generation to devote their time making constant efforts in improving their skills," he said.
For 52-year-old Pathak Sudhir Somnath, nothing compares with student life. While taking to HT, Somnath said it was a different experience to be back on campus after a gap of over a decade. His daughter is also pursuing PhD in mathematics from a Canada-based university.
Terming it as a high point of her life, 49-year old Maninderpal Singh, who is deputy director technical education, Punjab, said that things have changed a lot over the years.
"We had wild imaginations when we received our first degree and with the passage of time reality has sunk in and the experience of life has made us more mature. We know our limitations and know what to aim for," she said.
Patil Namdeo Laxman, 50-year-old civil engineer, was bestowed with doctorate degree in civil engineering. "There are no words to express the feeling when you get your degree after putting in hard work for years," he said.
Visually impaired scholar gets PhD degree
After toiling hard for seven year, Rajesh Mohan (45), who is 70% visually impaired, finally got his doctorate degree. Rajesh Mohan, a music teacher by profession, was conferred degree along with 283 students.
Rajesh Mohan had to overcome odds in completing the degree. "It was a great challenge for me, but I was always confident of achieving my goal of getting a PhD degree. It's one of the best moments of my life" he said. He thanked his family and friends for helping him in completing the degree.