A lifelong passion for learning
Mohammed Ismail, a resident of Miryalaguda in Telangana, has achieved a remarkable feat by earning a PhD in Hindi at the age of 76. He was awarded the degree by Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) during its 25th convocation on Thursday. Ismail, who completed his PhD coursework, aims to set an example for the younger generation, emphasizing that age should not be a barrier to pursuing higher education.
Ismail’s interest in Hindi began when he was a student of Urdu medium school in Nalgonda district. He learnt the language from his teachers and friends, and later pursued a diploma in Hindi after completing his intermediate. He then joined the postal department as a clerk, where he continued to hone his skills in Hindi. He also wrote poems and articles in Hindi, and published a book of poetry titled ‘Safar’.
A dream fulfilled after decades
Ismail retired from his job in 2003, but his passion for Hindi did not fade. He enrolled for a postgraduate degree in Hindi from BRAOU in 2004, and completed it in 2006. He then applied for MPhil, which he finished in 2010. He was not satisfied with his academic achievements, and decided to pursue a PhD in Hindi. He registered for the course in 2018, and submitted his thesis on ‘Hindi-Urdu Sahitya Mein Musalman Mahila Lekhikaon Ka Yogdan’ (The contribution of Muslim women writers in Hindi-Urdu literature) in 2020. He successfully defended his thesis and received his PhD degree on Thursday.
Ismail said that he faced many challenges and difficulties during his PhD journey, but he did not give up. He thanked his family, friends, and guides for their support and encouragement. He also expressed his gratitude to BRAOU for providing him the opportunity to fulfill his dream. He said that he was happy and proud to receive his PhD degree at this age, and hoped that his story would inspire others to follow their dreams.
A message for the youth
Ismail said that he wanted to share his knowledge and experience with the younger generation, and motivate them to pursue higher education. He said that he was saddened by the lack of interest and enthusiasm among the youth towards learning new languages, especially Hindi. He said that Hindi was not only the national language, but also a rich and beautiful language that reflected the diversity and culture of India. He urged the youth to learn Hindi and appreciate its literature and heritage.
Ismail also said that age was no bar for learning, and that one should never stop learning. He said that learning was a lifelong process, and that one should always keep an open mind and a curious spirit. He said that he was not satisfied with his PhD degree, and that he wanted to learn more and write more. He said that he had many plans and projects in mind, and that he would continue to pursue them with zeal and dedication.