In one of the rare instances, a Mumbai father and son duo have graduated together. Their message, "There's no age for learning."
Mohammad Farook Shaikh, a taxi driver, can speak in English and has studied till Class 10. Financial constraints stopped him from studying further. When his son, Hazim Farook Shaikh, started pursuing his graduation from Mumbai University, he also showed interest in studying further and got himself enrolled in YB Chavan University in Maharashtra.
Juggling between work and study, a determined Mohammad, used to get up early and study before he got on to driving taxi. He was also regular in taking classes during the weekends.
"I used to clear whatever doubts he had. I am happy he has completed his graduation," Hazim said.
Fellow students and even teachers used to call him "uncle" in the university, but Mr Mohammed didn't have slightest of unease or hesitation to achieve his goal.
"Teachers in the university were my son's age, but I was happy to learn from them. Age cannot be a barrier to learning," Mr Mohammed said.
They both cleared the exams this year. While Mr Mohammed scored 46 per cent, his son scored 56 per cent.
Encouraging Mr Mohammed at every step was his wife. "I had never thought he will start again, but I am pleased to see how they both used to clear each other's doubts and study together," she told news agency ANI.
Mr Mohammed, who was once a junior clerk at a bank, had to discontinue his job after the company faced financial troubles. He had to depend on his "kaali-peeli" taxi to sustain his livelihood.
"With a graduation degree in hand, I have earned more respect in the society and also may also land up in another job," said a hopeful Mr Mohammed.
(With Inputs From ANI)