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File Photo: Governor Balochistan, Syed Zahoor Agha handing over Ph.D. degree to the 85-year old aged man: Photo taken from the Twitter account of the Governor

Balochistan University: 85-year old man completes the Ph.D. degree

Education Desk : 

QUETTA: A 85-year old aged man completed a degree of Ph.D. in political science at the University of Balochistan the other day. The aged man identified as Hibatullah Haleemi is a retired police officer.

“I am very happy to get my Ph.D. degree today”, Mr. Haleemi told Quetta Voice after the UoB convocation. Governor Balochistan, Syed Zahoor Agha handed over the Ph.D. degree to the 85-year old retired police officer during the function. Vice-Chancellor UoB, Dr. Shafiq ur Rehman was also present on the occasion.

“This was a life dream to get such a degree”, Mr. Haleemi said. He said teachers, faculty members, university students and fellow students extended support and encouraged him to get this degree.

Mr. Haleemi has completed his degree in political science in 2019. However, he could not receive his degree because of the outbreak of the COVID19.  University officials said this was a unique case in more than five decades old life of the university. Students, teachers, and other faculty members went one by one to the aged man Mr. Haleemi and congratulated him for getting the degree.

Haleemi’s news of receiving a Ph.D. degree was widely  shared on social media

The news of Mr. Haleemi receiving the Ph.D. degree from the Chancellor was widely shared on social media. People hailed the aged man for the completion of Ph.D. degree despite the age factor. Haleem had retired as a deputy superintendent of police in Balochistan.

He was considered to be the oldest Pakistani Ph.D. scholar. People across the country also appreciated Mr. Haleemi for his endeavor despite his old age.

Hibatullah Haleemi commonly called Hibat Khan Haleemi was the first Pakistani oldest Ph.D. scholar. Since the establishment of Balochistan University in the 1970s, a student of this age has not received such a degree.

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