80-year-old man earns PhD degree from Balochistan University

80-year-old man earns PhD degree from Balochistan University
80-year-old man earns PhD degree from Balochistan University

An 80-year-old man from Balochistan has completed his PhD in political science at the University of Balochistan. Haibatullah Halimi, who hails from Mastung, was just like any other doctorate recipient at the varsity’s convocation held last week — until his name was called out and Balochistan Governor Zahoor Ahmed Agha, the chief guest, couldn’t hold back his commendation for the octogenarian committed to pursuing education while defying age barriers.

A few years after retiring as a superintendent of police in 2005, following 40 years of service, Halimi got enrolled at the university and secured his MPhil in 2011. Deciding he wasn’t done yet, he went on to earn his PhD in 2019 but the convocation scheduled a year later was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Adil Zaman Kasi, the dean of the Department of Political Science at Balochistan University, heaped praise on the graduate for his commitment to education.

“Haibatullah Halimi, despite being aged, remained determined to pursue his goal. We did not expect him to complete his PhD, but he persevered till the end and succeeded in his mission,” Kasi said.

He stated that Halimi was the oldest student of the political science department, and served as a role model for other students at the university.

Sources reveal that Halimi’s research is about traditional and modern policing in Balochistan.


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