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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

University changes gear: 91-year-old is candidate for PhD

Senior Citizens’ Centre set to come up at University of Pune campus, V-C says the centre will also be a platform for experience sharing

Senior citizens can now start learning after the age of 60. They can study Indian history and culture or can get tips on personal finance. Not only that, they can apply for a PhD as well. Thanks to University of Pune’s initiative to start a Senior Citizens’ Centre at the varsity campus.

With a view to encouraging creativity among senior citizens, the university has made its rules flexible for the first time in its history. “Senior citizens are a pool of experience. If used properly, their experience can be a great help to society. The university will channelise this energy through the centre,” said Vice-Chancellor Narendra Jadhav. The management council has given its nod for starting the centre which will get cracking next week. It will come under the purview of adult and continuing education department, headed by Tej Niwalikar.

There are different avenues available for senior citizens. The issues like health and personal finance that are dear to any senior citizen can be studied at the centre in one or two-day workshops. There will be courses designed in Indian history, culture and spirituality, which can be studied in three to four month programmes. “We have also altered the regulations of PhD for them. The degree holders of any stream can apply for PhD in any subject. Interestingly, 91-year-old Prakash Mohadikar would be our first candidate to apply for the PhD under this scheme,” said Jadhav.

“The centre is not only for learning, but it also provides a platform for experience sharing. Senior citizens, who are experts in different fields, can share their views with the students. In fact, this year we have increased the number of lectures under our different programmes to 1,000 with a view to involve senior citizens in it,” he said. Citizens are also open to participate as a volunteer in Samartha Bharat Abhiyan, an ambitious project of the university.

What’s in store

• Web-based training for external students soon. Talks are on with IIM-Bangalore to study their web-based programme for management students

•English language training centre in collaboration with the University of Cambridge

• Degree and post-graduate programmes in Japanese language to start next year in collaboration with Japan foundation

• Programme in Chinese language to commence from July; talks for Korean language programme are also on


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