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A student for over four decades: 80-year-old inspires many

A man of 80-year has been attending classes,year after year,for the last 40 years pursuing different disciplines.

Written by Agencies | Jaipur |
February 5, 2009 2:18:35 pm

Hurrying to make it to the classroom before the bell tolls is usual practice for a college student. Not so,if the student is an 80-year-old man who has been attending classes,year after year,for the last 40 years!

Meet retired professor M K Prem whose thirst for learning has seen him enrolling for courses one after another since 1943 at the Rajasthan University,making him perhaps one of the oldest students ever.

The about 5-ft clean shaven retired professor who is currently in final year of M A (psychology) had been actively pursuing academics after his retirement in 1981 from the MREC- Malvia National Engineering College (presently the Malvia National Institute of Technology).

“I am fond of study and started learning right from the year 1944 when I took admission in MA English at Meeerut College,” Prem said.

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“After completing it in 1946 I started teaching at various colleges including Mahanand Mission College Ghaziabad,Modi College Modi Nagar),Hindu College Sonipat,Municipal College Vrindavan,Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani and SD College in Barnala before finally joining MREC Jaipur in 1964,” he says.

Born on September 1921 Prem has so far done BSc (1943),MA -English (1946),MA ¿Economics (1957) MBA (1968),M Phil (1977) LLB (1991),PG diploma in Taxation low (1992 ),PG diploma in Criminology (1998),BA (2006),LLM (One paper due)- 2007).

After psychology,he says his next ambition is to be a postgraduate in Sociology and Philosophy.

An enthusiastic Prem says post retirement he felt he had the freedom to do what he wanted and engrossed himself in pursuing various courses.

“I am not interested in collecting degrees to claim any achievement or record but want to raise my knowledge level to the maximum for my own satisfaction,” says the retired professor.

“I want to define crime which I think is incomplete till now so is the reason why I preferred Law,psychology and want to go for sociology and philosophy,” Prem says.

According to Prem,he scores average marks in examination but is not unsatisfied.

“Presently I am reading around 3-4 hours per day at home but can study around 15-16 hours a day,but I do not score excellent marks in examination because I write slowly.

Compared to others I do not seem to fill as many pages as the others despite attempting the whole question paper,” he says.

“… but I am fully satisfied with my learning as all concepts of the subjects are clear in mind which is my actual thrust,he adds.

The “eternal student” has a collection of variety of around 600 books covering English,Urdu,Philosophy,psychology,Medicines,Management,Economics,Engineering etc.

and has given away around 800 books to two colleges.

“Prem sir is a wonder who even at this age is passionate to dive into deep end of various subjects just to gain knowledge. He attend classes and has a sharp memory and alertness but has little hearing problem,” Prof Manju Mehta,HoD of Psychology department,Rajasthan University says.

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