JNU confers 78-year-old Vishnu Swaroop Saksena with PhD degree

Published on: Aug 13, 2018 14:58 IST
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Vishnu Swaroop Saksena

The Jawaharlal Nehru University has conferred Vishnu Swaroop Saksena with a PhD degree in its second convocation. Saksena, who began his research 'the trail of two ancient scripts - Brahmi and Kharoshti' in 2012 enrolled at JNU after retirement in 2008 for a Master's course. "As a student I welcome the move of convocation as it gives us a platform to receive degrees formally. It was my first ever degree as I could not receive my Bachelor's degree," said Saksena.

When asked about his decision to study at an age of retirement, Saksena said it was fun studying at this age. "I enjoyed talking to people and reaching grassroots during my research. It provided me with first hand information on ancient history," he says.

He further adds, adjusting to a college environment was not very difficult because of the 'openness' the JNU campus has to offer. "I love the openness with which the university functions. Teachers were accessible and I learnt a lot. I enjoyed knowing new things, poetry and discussions around literature. Even after getting the degree I feel that I am still a student, still a learner," says Saksena.

"I had a great time because I studied to learn with no agenda in mind. Everyone should enjoy their studies and should not aim for anything else but knowledge," he says.

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