Age just a number: 80-year-old man earns PhD from Balochistan University

Published November 4, 2021
Governor Balochistan Zahoor Ahmed Agha presents a degree to 80-year-old Habiatullah Halimi at the Balochistan University convocation held last week. — Photo by author
Governor Balochistan Zahoor Ahmed Agha presents a degree to 80-year-old Habiatullah Halimi at the Balochistan University convocation held last week. — Photo by author

An 80-year-old man from Balochistan has completed his PhD in political science at the University of Balochistan, proving that age is just a number if one resolves to achieve their dreams.

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.

The governor embraced the man — who walks with a stick and came up the stage with the support of two people — before bestowing him with the degree.

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.

A file picture of Habiatullah Halimi presenting his book to former Balochistan governor Amanullah Yasinzai. — APP/File
A file picture of Habiatullah Halimi presenting his book to former Balochistan governor Amanullah Yasinzai. — APP/File

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

Halimi's research is about traditional and modern policing in Balochistan.

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