Rowshon Ali of Pabna achieved first class first in evening masters (EMSS) from Pabna Science and Technology University (PSTU) from Social Work department after 12 years of his retirement from teaching profession.
He scored cumulative grade point average (CGPA) 3.50 out of 4.00.
Amirul Islam, dean of the Business Studies Faculty of PSTU, said, "Acquiring a master degree at this age is really a remarkable example."
Rowshon Ali, hailing from Bannaipara village of Chartarapur union of the upazila, retired as a teacher from Shahid Dulal Pilot Girls' High School of Sujanagar in December 2008.
He passed SSC from Sujanagar Pilot Model High School and HSC from Pabna Govt Shahid Bulbul College. But he could not carry on his higher study due to family issues.
In 1972, he joined Shahid Dulal Pilot Girls' High School as an assistant teacher for livelihood. Later, he completed graduation as a private student from Edward College. But doing a post-graduation stayed a dream until his retirement.
His strong willpower guided him to get admitted for an EMSS degree into PSTU's 2017-18 session.
Dr Pritam Kumar, proctor of PSTU, said, "Rowshon Ali's dedication towards his thirst for knowledge is an inspiration to all."
Rowshon Ali told The Business Standard (TBS) that his whole family, university staff, and neighbours have congratulated him on his success.
He has two sons: the elder one is an assistant professor at a Pabna college and the younger one is serving in the medical field.
Rowshon Ali said, "To succeed in life, education is a must. Knowledge can make one successful and also helps one to move the country forward."
"Even after spending 73 years of life, I want to learn science and technological knowledge" he added.
Former upazila chairman and founding Principal of Pabna College, Mahatab Uddin Bishwas, expressed his pride regarding Rowshon Ali's success and told The Business Standard, "The students of current generation have many things to learn from this man."