Nagaland governor Dr Ashwani Kumar, who hails from the town, was delighted after completing his PhD at the age of 62 here on Wednesday.
Dr Kumar was sworn in as the governor of Nagaland on March 21. He was also awarded the Indian Police medal for meritorious services in 1989 and President's Police Medal in 1999.
In the first visit to his native district after being sworn in as the governor of Nagaland, Dr Kumar seemed contented after successfully completing his doctorate degree from Himachal Pradesh University (HPU).
In an informal conversation with Hindustan Times on the campus of Himalayan Group of Professional Institutions (HGPI), Dr Kumar accompanied by his wife Chandak and son Abhishek said he got enrolled in HPU to study doctorate in 2007. He took four years for research and submitting thesis in management and added that age was not the limit to study.
President Pranab Mukherjee would confer the degree on Dr Kumar during the convocation on May 24.
Dr Kumar disclosed that he completed his degree in doctorate under the guidance of Dr Yogender Verma, who is currently pro vice-chancellor of Central University, Dharamsala.
Reacting on his first visit in his native district after becoming the governor of Nagaland, he said he was excited for his two-day tour to Sirmaur as he would get time to meet his old friends and relatives.
About the geographical condition and topography of Nagaland, he said the state was not new for him as he had visited the state earlier.
“The university is proud that a distinguished IPS officer, who is currently the governor of Nagaland, had completed doctorate degree in management from HPU,” said PRO of HPU Ranvir Singh Verma.
Addressing students on the campus of HGPI, Dr Kumar said, “Hard work and honesty pays in life and there should be no age bar in studies.”
Chairman of HGPI Rajnish Bansal said during his tenure as CBI director, Dr Kumar started a movement against corruption and crime.
Later, many organisations of the town honoured Dr Kumar with the title of “Sirmaur Gaurav” at a function held at SFDA hall.