July 18, 2002 

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Annamma Paul, Ernakulam

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A degree certificate may be a begging bowl to many a youth.  But Annamma Paul joined Pre Degree in 1977 at the age of 54 with the simple desire to continue her academic career beyond 10th standard.

In the same year, her 8th and youngest child Gloria too had joined Pre Degree.  Thus Annamma’s academic quest restarted after a break of 38 years.

After successfully passing Pre Degree, she joined BA in Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam.  The Principal and other teachers who couldn’t think of a gray-haired student in the classroom, vociferously opposed her admission.  But with a firm will and the help from a guardian angel in the guise o political science professor soon she was able to enter the portals of the college.

Next she completed MA from the same college.  In 1986 she joined Law College, Ernakulam along with her younger son Subel.

In 1989, at the age of 66, she completed LLB and enrolled as an advocate.

“True, I have the satisfaction o having achieved something.  Study never bothered me.  Once there is desire in the mind, all the rest is easy,” she says.


Courtesy: Joshua Newton, Vanitha, October 1-14, 1998

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