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Friday , June 15 , 2012
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Bullseye glory for colonel at B-school
- Armyman turns management postgraduate before kin

J.K. Sinha had always dreamt of having a postgraduate degree to his name. On Thursday, the 50-year-old colonel in the Indian Army fulfilled his dream in the best possible way.

Colonel Sinha topped a batch of 46 students of Indian Institute of Business Manage-ment, Patna, who got their certificates on successfully completing their postgraduate diploma in management. With 82 per cent, he received the gold medal for securing the first position in his batch.

The institute had organised the batch’s 31st convocation on the campus. The chief guest at the event was G.K. Singh, the director of Jai Prakash Narayan All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Accompanied to the venue by wife Sadhna Sinha, 11-year-old son Swapnil Sinha and 97-year-old father Rajeshwar Prasad Sinha, the colonel received his diploma from the chief guest.

Colonel Sinha said: “I had joined the army at the age of 19. I did my graduation in geography but I always wanted to have a postgraduate degree. That’s why after serving the army for 29 years, I thought to pursue my dream. I opted for the management course because it would open up new avenues for me later. Once I retire in 2022, I can do some other job, thanks to my management degree.”

Before enrolling for the course, Sinha had taken a study leave from the army. Posted at Danapur Army Cantonment, he handed over his charge as the regional director of ex-serviceman contributory health scheme.

His father, Rajeshwar Prasad Sinha, said: “I am really proud of my son. He thought of pursuing his postgraduation despite serving the army in a senior post. I hope people should take inspiration from him.”

If the nonagenarian father was proud, his young son was no less excited.

A Class VI student of Don Bosco Academy, Swapnil said: “Nobody in the family knew about my father’s plans when he had taken the study leave. Once I got to know about it, I was really surprised. I told him that he would have to do better than me in studies and I am happy that he did. My father is the topper in his batch. I am really proud of him.”

Neha Sinha and Rajeev Kumar followed Colonel Sinha in the convocation ceremony. They were awarded silver and bronze medals for securing the second and third places, respectively.

IIBM founder director Uttam Kumar Singh said: “When we launched the postgraduate diploma in management course 31 years ago, there were hardly any institute in Patna offering such courses. Today, our college is considered one of the top 25 management institutions in our country. It’s a great achievement for us.”