Age is no barrier for education, a statement well-proven by 81-year-old former parliamentarian Narayan Sahu, who is studying for a PhD from the Utkal University in Odisha.
Mr Sahu, who was a legislator from Pallahara for two terms and also a Member of Parliament from Deogarh, is living in the college hostel and preparing for a doctorate in Philosophy.
He lives in a room with a small bed shrouded by a mosquito net, a table stacked with books, study material and family photographs.
Mr Sahu quit politics in favour of going back to school, so to speak.
He felt that principles were slowly fading away from politics and was disillusioned.
"I loved politics in the beginning, but when I saw the wrong in politics, I was vexed. I gave up politics...I decided to rectify myself as a student. No rules, regulations, and principles are followed in politics, so I decided to quit. It was the happiest day of my life when I got admission in the University," Mr Sahu said.
In 1963, Mr Sahu graduated in Economics from Ravenshaw University. His zeal to study has turned him into a student once again after 46 years. In 2009, he started working on his post-graduation at Utkal University and completed it in 2011. In 2012, he pursued his MPhil in Philosophy.
Mr Sahu has developed a unique bond with his classmates. He shares his experiences and mingles with them.
"The way he mingles with us, he never makes us feel that there is a huge age gap. He acts like a friend as well as a guardian," a student said.
Officials at the Utkal University appreciate Mr Sahu's passion for studies and say he is setting a great example for the university students.
(With Inputs From ANI)