The degree may have come 25 years later, but for 86-year-old Narayan Lal Kankar, it was still a proud moment.
According to a Times of India report, Kankar, a resident of Jaipur, got his DLitt in Sanskrit on Tuesday at the convocation ceremony organised by the University of Rajasthan.
Incidentally, one of Kankar's students, 34-year-old Jayshree, was also conferred a PhD on the same day for her research on the work done by him in the Sanskrit language.
But, Kankar wasn't upset sharing the podium with his student. "Had it (DLitt) been granted on time, I would have missed the opportunity to share it with this girl, Jayshree, who has done her doctorate on my work in Sanskrit," he told ToI.
Kankar got his PhD in Sanskrit in 1974. He has written and edited at least 70 books on Sanskrit language since then.