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Meet the 50-year-old Chennai professor who holds 145 academic degrees. No kidding

Chennai: Just when you thought having four academic degree is a lifetime achievement, along comes a man who holds not 4, not 40, but a whopping 145 academic degrees.

Yes you read that right!
Meet, Professor VN Parthiban, whose visiting card is like a book in itself, overflowing with hundreds of his academic qualifications.

The list of achievements will send you into a tizzy; he holds 8 Master of Law degrees(ML), 10 Master of Arts degrees(MA), 8 Master of Commerce degrees(M.Com), 3 Master of Science Degrees (MSc), 12 research degrees(M.Phil), and 9 Master of Business Administration degrees(MBA). He also teaches more than a hundred subjects in various colleges spread across Chennai.

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So, how did 55-year-old Parthiban, muster the strength to achieve this incredible feat?
“I really enjoy studying. It’s not difficult at all,” he said. “I have been continuously in the process of preparing for exams and applying for new degrees or diploma courses,” he told the Sunday Indian.
For thirty long years, Partiban has been in the continuous process of applying for different courses. While we can hardly imagine a life without a lazy Sunday, this man has sacrificed all of it in writing exams, so much that invigilators know him by face.
Professor VN Parthiban comes from a humble family in Chennai, and during his days, it was not very easy to go to a college. He says that failure has been an integral part of his journey so far. “I struggled hard to finish my first college degree and got a job in the judiciary department”, he said. He started applying to so many courses, that there were times when he studied for the wrong subject and failed the paper.
He even admits having a Mathematics phobia, saying, “I registered for Actuarial Sciences which I could not finish as it involved lot of mathematics which required a lot of effort.”
But all of the 145 degrees has taken a toll on his memory, he finds it difficult to recollect people’s faces and he even forgets directions to a place he visits every day.
However, Parthiban wishes to continue his journey of learning and collecting more and more degrees along the way.
Kudos to his will power!

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