This Gujarati Man Gets PhD In Sanskrit At 78

Vijaysinh Ramaiya (78) from Valsad (Gujarat) has achieved a feat that very few are able to achieve at his age; that is getting a PhD.

Ramaiya, a mechanical engineer who runs a unit in Gundlav of Valsad district, always had a passion for the ancient language of Sanskrit and decided to get a doctorate in Sanskrit.


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Father of two, and grandfather of four, Ramaiya, recently completed his research on the ‘Critical study of Niti Manjari by Dwivedi,’ under Gauri Mavlikar of Mumbai University to earn his PhD.

Explaining his love for Sanskrit, Ramaiya recently told TOI:

“Our culture has developed from this ancient language. All the virtues and vices of mankind are ingrained in this language, and unless you study and know it you wouldn’t know your culture. As I was busy earning for my family, I didn’t get a chance to do what I loved and so after retirement from work I concentrated on this goal.”

Besides earning a mechanical engineering degree, Ramaiya also got a law degree in 1971, thirteen years after he had become an engineer.


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Ramaiya, originally belongs to Mundra, Kutch, but has been living in Valsad, Gujarat for past 30 years.

Earlier this year NDTV had reported about 95-year-old Raj Kumar Vaishya who too to fulfil his dream of acquiring a post-graduation degree had enrolled for a master of arts in economics course at the Nalanda Open University (NOU).

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