Living up to C.S. Lewis’s quote ‘You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream’, is Nagpur’s 77-year-old Digambar Alsi who collected yet another degree at IGNOU’s 32nd convocation last week. Alsi is a retired general manager of an electrical company and already holds 24 degrees in subjects such like naturopathy, journalism, finance, law and business. At the convocation ceremony, Alsi was awarded certification for completing a master’s degree in anthropology. Not willing to stop or take a pause, he is already onto pursuing his master’s degree in commerce.
While speaking to TOI, he said, “I liked learning even as a child and would devour books whenever I had the opportunity. Even throughout my professional life, I was constantly enrolled as an external student of NU and studying. I had 15 degrees in my kitty when I retired 20 years back, rest I made best use of my time.”
In his lifetime so far, Alsi has bagged 16 master’s degrees, four bachelors’ degrees and four diplomas. “Although I took correspondence lessons for most of the courses, I did attend morning and evening classes for a few. The age gap never bothered me while studying with students younger to me,” says Alsi.
One might wonder what Digambar does with all the degrees he has been collecting. Giving an update on his career, he reveals that he is presently providing psychotherapy counseling sessions. Before this he worked as a lawyer for a span of three years. He has also been a professor of human resource development in one of city’s business colleges prior to his stint as a lawyer. Wanting to further his interest in the field of psychology, he now plans to pursue research in psychology about ‘Adversity Quotient’ after the completion of M.Com.
Alsi will be sharing the stage with Shubham Kawalkar, who will also be bestowed a gold medal for securing the first rank in all India post graduate diploma in journalism and mass communication (PGJMC). Kawalkar, a law graduate from Amravati, wants to make his career in journalism.
The 32nd convocation ceremony of IGNOU was held at the SHALOM auditorium of Hislop college. VC of National Law University, Nagpur (MNLU) Vijendra Kumar graced the occasion as the guest of honor. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s address was live telecasted from the Delhi convocation across all the centres in the country.
Another moment of pride for the Nagpur centre was to be awarded as the best regional centre at the ceremony. For the first time in history a centre in Maharashtra has received this award, which was received by Regional director P. Sivaswaroop.
Information source: timesofindia
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