We all look for inspiration to motivate ourselves, right? The grandfather of eight grandchildren is just the exact epitome of enthusiasm.

It can be a struggle at times to believe the phrase 'it's never too late to follow your dreams' but Ram Singh is living proof that this advice is true.

Recently, 77-year-old Ram Sing Gengarajoo who is also known as the former Forestry Officer emerged as the oldest graduate at the 66th UTM Convocation Ceremony by completing his Master of Science in Safety, Health, and Environment course.

What makes his achievement wow us?

He’s a grandfather to his EIGHT grandchildren and just look at his determination to complete his studies.

Speaking about the challenges that he went through during his Master’s journey:

“The challenge here is not only the age factor, but advancing my study in a different field is the biggest challenge throughout these two-year studies”, UTM official portal stated.

It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." - Carlton Fisk

As the quote denotes, Ram completed his Bachelor’s in Science Agriculture from the University of Allahabad, India in 1979. Later on, he started his career as a Forestry Officer at Sabah Forestry Development Authority (SAFODA) for the past 32 years and in Sinar Mas, Indonesia for another eight years.

Ram, who currently lives with his son in Singapore, had to cross the Johor causeway everyday to attend classes. But, after the COVID-19 pandemic hit worldwide, Ram felt a little relieved as his university offered virtual classes.

“During these virtual classes, I never felt left out to complete assignments and sit exams like others. I succeeded in doing so, which made me very proud of this success,” he added.

As learning itself is a lifetime journey, he hopes that his accomplishment in earning his master's degree at the age of 77 inspires everyone keen to further their education.

“Everyone should take advantage of their available time to continue learning regardless of age.” - RAM

We couldn't think of a better role model for empowering ourselves through education. Congratulations, Ram Singh!

Image Credit & Source: UTM