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‘Senior’ students graduate,one shared seat with V-C Sobti

From receiving a degree from his fellow student to being a research scholar under his own classmate or even a guide younger than himself as the scholar,a bunch of people from across the country were among the enthusiastic faces receiving their degrees on the 61st Annual Convocation of Panjab University.

Written by RituSharma | Chandigarh |
December 17, 2011 3:32:53 am

From receiving a degree from his fellow student to being a research scholar under his own classmate or even a guide younger than himself as the scholar,a bunch of people from across the country were among the enthusiastic faces receiving their degrees on the 61st Annual Convocation of Panjab University.

These were some of the ‘senior’ students in their 50s and even crossing 60 years of age attending with their proud family members. Donning the black robes,these students were accompanied by their families from across the country.

Majority of them were doctorates in different subjects who had pursued education out of quest,interest and to enhance professional expertise. While some were students together,though in different departments,with the Vice Chancellor,Prof R C Sobti others completed their PhD degrees under the guide who was once classmates.

Raj Kumar Verma (64),who proudly corrected himself as Dr Raj Kumar Verma,as he had recently completed his PhD degree in Gandhian Studies,came to receive his doctorate degree from Himachal Pradesh along with his 35-years-old son and retired professor wife.

“I was in Chemistry department while Prof Sobti was in Zoology and had completed BSc and MSc together,” he said. He completed his research under the Head of Department at Gandhian Studies,who is younger than him. Now into self actualisation and the one who started the ‘chitwant concept’ and spiritual studies,he also holds a MBA degree from PU’s University Business School.

Harvinder Jit Singh (55),who is a GM at ONGC,Dehradun completed his PhD degree in Geology. A Post Graduate in 1978,he holds a MBA degree. Pursued doctorate degree to enhance his professional knowledge. His wife added that she would not be surprised if he decides to undertake further studies.

J S Chawla (56) serving in the Ministry of Steel completed his doctorate degree in Buddhism. With the contrast from graduation and post graduation in Metallurgy,Chawla had an inclination towards Buddhism after realising management wisdom in Buddhist stories. “I have done my research on the 547 stories in Buddhism that has all the wisdom followed even today in the modern management,” he added.

These ‘senior’ students were not only standing out among the young faces because of their age but also by the pride and joy that reflected on their and their family members’ faces.

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