In one of the rare instances, a father-son duo - PK Sharma and Karan Sharma - of Panchkula have completed their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees together and that too from the same faculty of the same university. According to a report in The Tribune, 62-year-old PK Sharma is a retired Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officer and is currently re-employed as Secretary of the State Election Commission and his 35-year-old son is Assistant Advocate General with the Haryana Government. They were on the cloud nine when the Law Department of Chaudhry Devi Lal University (CLDU), Sirsa, notified their doctorate degrees earlier this year.
“I feel ecstatic to have completed my doctorate with my son. The fact that we obtained concurrent doctorate degrees from the same department in the same year is the icing on the cake,” PK Sharma was quoted as saying by The Tribune. Sharma considers himself lucky to study with students in their late twenties and early thirties because he found them more positive than the retired persons. “I never hesitated to sit with my fellow students who were half my age and share my experiences with them. In fact, youngsters’ jokes and anecdotes rejuvenated me as research could be a tiring and time-consuming exercise,” Sharma said.
The father-son duo got enrolled for their doctorate degrees together at the varsity in 2011. While Sharma did his research in administrative law on the topic of fair punishment to public servants, his son did research in the field of criminal law on the topic of the death penalty. PK Sharma, who terms books as his mental food, did his MA (English) in 1979 and completed his LLB in 2003, after a gap of 24 years. He completed his LLM from KU, Kurukshetra, in 2008 before enrolling for PhD in 2011.