Shrichandra Srivastava, retired class 1 Officer from the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) in 2001 completes his family’s 58 years old waited for the dream to receive a Ph.D. On Saturday 18th Jan. Nagpur University (NU) formally conferred the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) on him during its 107th Convocation at Suresh Bhat Auditorium at 10:30 am on Saturday.
Shrichandra Srivastava is probably the oldest student in the history of the University to get a Ph.D. Srivastava, first attempt to pursue Ph.D. under the then Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT) professor SP Sangal came undone in 1982 when he had to give it up within a year because of his busy work schedule and frequent foreign tours.
With the passage of time, Srivastava got promoted and became busier due to the new challenges in mining and exploration. He was hard up for the time to do his Ph.D. research.
After retirement, Srivastava dropped his Ph.D. plans and started teaching at NU & department of geology as a visiting faculty.
Till 2014, he taught students techniques to analyze ores and minerals. A determined and resilient Srivastava overcame every hurdle that came his way. While researching, writing a thesis and attending the viva-voce, Srivastava battled ill health, exertion and a minor heart attack with a lot of guts and gumption.
Despite wanting to pursue further studies, Srivastava completed his BSc (chemistry, geology, and geography) from Banaras Hindu University.
‘In 1962, on the basis of my geology background, I got a job with IBM as a core inspector. Later, I did my diploma from the Institution of Chemists in analytical chemistry, he said.
Srivastava’s study is about preventing soil and water pollution and. winning the values. The developed terpolymers can up take the metal ions through chelation (bonding of ions) and adsorption. I have suggested that treating effluents with synthesized terpolymer will help prevent water and soil pollution, " he said. His Entire Family is Proud of him.
Srivasatava is an Ideal for all the youngsters.