Rakesh Kumar Rawat got a second chance to fulfil his “long-cherished” dream at the age of 70. He was a drop out from Delhi University 42 years ago.
Rawat, a 1979 DU graduate, holds the view that it is never too late to pursue one’s goals and further one’s education. He said that because of his many out-of-town missions while working for the CBI, he was unable to finish his degree.
He is now one of more than 8,200 former DU students who have signed up for a second chance to finish their degrees. In light of its year-long centennial festivities, which began on May 1, the university has provided a one-time opportunity for past students to finish their degrees.
Being able to gain more expertise in the area excites Rawat, a lawyer as well, about the chance. “It is a fantastic chance for individuals who want to finish their education. A long-held goal will be realized. I appreciate the university giving me this chance “said he. “I put a lot of effort into my work while I was in college, but it was in vain. I will be able to study law and earn a degree thanks to this opportunity “said Rawat. After receiving his LLB from Lucknow, Rawat worked as an investigator for the CBI. When he went to Delhi, where he enrolled in the Delhi University’s LLM program in 1979.
“I had to complete many papers as they were due every semester over the course of the three years, and in the final year I had to submit my dissertation. I finished four semesters and presented one paper in the fifth, but I had to drop out because of my employment because I had to travel a lot due to official work, which prevented me from presenting two of my important papers “said he. Though Rawat became preoccupied with his work, he always yearned to finish the degree.
“I was anxious to finish my degree. I tried transferring credits across universities, but it was unsuccessful. Through one of my acquaintances, I learned about the DU advertisement for the unique initiative. I was found to be qualified and have already enrolled. Now I can dream of completing my degree, though I don’t consider that one should stop at any age. Age should by no means be considered too late to pursue desires and be a scholar. ” said a jubilant Rakesh Kumar
He is now one of more than 8,200 former DU students who have registered for a second chance to complete their degrees. In light of its year-long centennial festivities, which began on May 1, the university has provided a one-time opportunity for previous students to complete their degrees.
Earlier, Rawat did his LLB from Lucknow and later joined the CBI as an investigative officer. For Rawat, who had become immersed in his work, life got hectic with his job in the CBI. However, there was a strong desire to complete the diploma.
“I have a daughter and a son. I’ve started my academics at a time when they have finished their training and are settled,” he said in jest. He quickly added, “My family has been very supportive of my decision. They are happy with my efforts in every way.” said the septuagenarian
“Age is only a quantity, You shouldn’t suppose that I’ve retired so I haven’t got to do something. It’s by no means too late to pursue your dream. It’s good to be scholar at some age and this can be a new expertise that when my youngsters have completed their training, I’m going again to pursue it. One should never stop working. This is mantra that keeps your mind, body and soul active” he added.