Rajkumar Vaishya was conferred Post Graduate degree in Bapu Sabhagar at Patna, by the Governor of Meghalaya, Ganga Prasad and the Governor of Bihar-cum-Chancellor, Satyapal Malik. Thus, Vaishya has created a record of having achieved the rare feat at the age of 98.Wadded Bapu Sabhagar welcomed Grandfather with thunderous applause. Rajkumar is the only person who was conferred degree that too by the Chancellor, except the gold medallist.
The occasion was convocation ceremony at Nalanda Open University (NOU). Rajkumar completed Master’s degree in economics subject with the marks of 2nd division from NOU. Governor of Meghalaya was the chief guest of the occasion, while Governor of Bihar presided over the event.
Rajkumar Vaishya’s name has already been included in Limica Book of World Records for being the student of Master’s degree at the age of 96 years. Rajkumar had taken admission in 2015 when he was 96 years old, now he may soon find his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for his being PG degree holder at the highest ever age in the world.
Graduate in 1938 and LLB, Rajkumar had declined to enjoy special privilege during examination. In view of his age, University had offered special examination venue according as his convenience. But, the nonagenarian student Rajkumar didn’t accept the offer and rather appeared in the examination on the third floor of Biscoman Bhavan building, in which the university runs. He used to come on wheel chair and appeared in the examination for both years among other examinees. Rajkumar was in government job in past.
To study was tough for Rajkumar, because the content of course was in Hindi and he has been student of English medium. In this condition, his daughter-in-law and son used to translate the content in English from Hindi to read his father-in-law or father.
The motive behind having degree at this age was to give message to the policymakers not to prevent anyone to work until he was hale and hearty. After receiving degree of PG, he desired to continue his study so far. Rajkumar is basically from Uttar Pradesh, but migrated to Patna with his daughter-in-law Retired Professor Bharti S Kumar and son Retired Professor Santosh Kumar. Prof Bharti was dean in Patna University, while his son Pro Santosh retired from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna, an old engineering college of Patna University.