77-yr-old appears in IGNOU entrance test
Binay Kumar has proved the saying that education has no age limit.
Mr Kumar, 77, appeared in MPhil/PhD entrance examination at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) headquarters here, the university's Chief PRO Ravi Mohan today said.
"I appeared for the examination on September 29. I prepared for the examination well and I am waiting for the results," Mr Kumar told UNI.
Mr Kumar, who came from Patna to take the test, has already completed successfully the Post Graduate in Distance Education (PGDDE) and Master of Arts in Distance Education (MADE) from Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE) at the IGNOU.
He was born in 1936 and spent more than 34-years of his life in government job. He retired from the service in December 1994.
"I worked as a Research Officer (Statistics) in Department of Animal Husbandry, Government of Bihar," Mr Kumar said.
"I had attended 13th conference of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) held in Delhi in 1994 as a common participant. The theme of the conference was Structure and Management of Open Learning System.
After attending the deliberations during the various technical sessions I realised that the theme of the conference was similar to my spiritual organisation which focuses on better life and education for all," Mr Kumar added when asked about the motivation behind his step.
He said at the same conference he decided to pursue higher education which is a best mode to provide education to all sections of society at affordable cost.
"I want to study further because, it helps you in maintain regularity and discipline in your daily life.
Apart from this I believe in life long learning process," the septuagenarian said.
Mr Kumar has four well-settled sons and two daughters.
One of the sons is doctor, another lawyer, third one is working with the Punjab National Bank while the fourth one is settled in Canada.
Both the daughters of Mr Kumar are post graduates, and teaching in government high schools.
"Surprisingly, Mr Kumar was not alone at the examination centre, there were about 10 more aspirants in 55-65 age group who turned up to take the entrance examination this year. But Mr Kumar was the eldest among all of them and as serious as his younger competitors," the IGNOU CPRO said.
He said growing interests of elderly people towards various academic programmes of the university was result of the IGNOU's continuous mission to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education.
This shows not only the importance of unique feature of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system but it also demonstrates growing popularity of research degree programmes offered by the IGNOU.