January 19, 2010

INDIA: A group of elderly people in Jammu and Kashmir is trying to study

. JAMMU, Jammu & Kashmir State / IBNLive.com /January 19, 2010 60 YEARS OF INDIAN REPUBLIC A class apart: Farmers aged over 60 join school By Pawan Bali / CNN-IBN NEVER TOO LATE: A group of elderly people in Jammu and Kashmir is trying to study Click for video As India looks to complete 60 years of being a Republic a group of elderly people in Jammu and Kashmir is trying to study after having missed their chance when young. The group of 45 farmers of Jhinder Mailu village near Jammu have decided that it is never too late to study and they have enrolled themselves in a school. For his age Bailu Ram is a fast learner. The 90-year-old, a farmer all his life, is doing the one thing he always wanted, going to school. Ram and his wife Sarna Devi are the oldest students in an odd class of 45 elderly people in Jhinder Mailu village, all first time learners. The class was started three years back by the Dehaat Sewa Sanstha at this border village near Jammu to help the elderly learn the basics. Some find it hard to cope, some unable to attend regularly due to health problems. But it is rewarding for most like 82-year-old Babu Ram, who is finally able to spell his name. "I used to feel shy. But then I thought that if I don't change then I will be left behind," says Babu Ram. As the unusual bunch of grey-haired students shed their inhibitions the class too had its lessons in life. "When I could see, I could not find teachers and now when I have teachers around me I cannot see," says Ratno Devi. "I used to feel shy as my grandchildren would be watching me," adds Sarno Devi. The class is perhaps a perfect example that there is no age to learning, and its never too late to chase a dream. [rc] Copyright © IBNLive.com