Gurmeet Singh, 60-year-old retired bank manager, beamed when he received his law degree on Thursday.
He was one of many recipients of LLB degrees at the first convocation of PU Regional Centre in Ludhiana and it was his deceased mother’s dream to see him as a lawyer.
“I thank PU evening classes started at the centre for oldies like me who consider age no bar for studying. I have retired from bank but my mother was never happy. She wanted to see me as an advocate. Now I will start regular practice and fulfil her dream. She is no more but I joined classes in 2010 to attain the LLB degree,” said Singh.
Not behind was P L Jindal, 61-year-old retired deputy excise and taxation commissioner, who had cleared the Punjab Civil Services (PCS) way back in 1976 but having an LLB degree was always a passion. “Age is no bar for studying and it feels the same as it did almost 35 years back when I cleared PCS. Evening classes are a boon for retirees and professionals like us,” said Jindal with his degree in hand.
V-C urges Bittu for industry-based courses
The Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, organised its first convocation on Thursday. A total of 66 students of BALLB and LLB of University Institute of Laws and 43 students of MBA from University Business School, Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, were conferred degrees.
PU Vice-Chancellor Arun Grover along with MP Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu attended the convocation. V-C Grover urged Bittu to work on skill development and industry-based courses for students of Ludhiana.
“Ludhiana is a hub of industries and thus the need is to start skill development courses here itself so that students need not leave the city for studies. Our aim should be to start industry-based courses here so that students can be absorbed in Ludhiana industries,” said Grover to Bittu.
During his address, Bittu said that “efforts will be made to start courses after discussion with bicycle industry and other industries based in Ludhiana”. “We will ask them as to which courses and skill development programmes should be introduced in Ludhiana so that students need not move out,” he added.
Grover said that his dream was to see “Ludhiana Regional Centre touch greater heights of success”. “The day should come when this centre should be known as ‘Ludhiana School for Law and Business’. It should have its own identity like bigger cities such as Mumbai and Delhi but for that, here people need to work harder,” he added.
The V-C also stressed developing the Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, as Research Centre in collaboration with government colleges in Ludhiana to undertake research in different fields. He also appreciated students of Ludhiana for securing top ranks in PU examinations.
Bittu announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for building a canteen at the regional centre.