//Topper gets degree after fifty-three years

Topper gets degree after fifty-three years

CHANDIGARH — Justice delayed may not always be justice denied as the topper of an engineering course found out to his delight when he received his engineering degree and gold medal after 53 years. Chandra Mohan was handed over his degree and medal by the Chief Justice of India, Y.K. Sabharwal, at the Panjab University convocation here Saturday evening.

Chandra Mohan is now the chairman of the board of governors of Punjab Engineering College — which is a deemed university — from where he passed out as a graduate engineer in mechanical engineering in 1953. However, he had not come to take his degree after passing out.

Five decades later, a visibly elated Chandra Mohan — in his mid-70s — said it was laudable on part of the university authorities to have given him the degree and the medal. University officials said the degree had become part of the records after Chandra Mohan failed to turn up to collect it.

But the absence of the degree hardly made a difference to Chandra Mohan who went on to make a successful career as an engineer and even founded the public-sector Punjab Tractors over two decades ago. The paper on which the university degree — dated December 1954 and signed by the then university Chancellor and Punjab Governor C.P.N. Singh — has turned yellow with time.