Reading For Their PhDs Had Not Deterred A Husband And Wife From Their Responsibilities To Family
By Haslina Ramlee (UPM Intern)
Pix Courtesy of Berita Harian
BANGI, 5 November 2014 – Studying for their respective PhDs at The National University of Malaysia (UKM) had not deterred a husband and wife from carrying out their responsibilities to their families.
Dr Nirwan Noh received his PhD from the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) while his wife Dr Normas binti Awang received hers from the Graduate School of Business.
They were both conferred their doctorates during the first session of the UKM 42ndConvocation by the Chancellor Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Munawir last Saturday.
They told UKM News Portal that the support they gave to each other and an understanding 7 year old son had enabled them to meet the challenges in finishing their studies leading to earning their doctorates.
Dr Nirwan dedicated his PhD to his mother who celebrated her birthday last Saturday, the day the husband and wife received their respective PhDs here. The Convocation ended yesterday.
Studying together for their doctorates for four years had also not affected their responsibilities to their son or to their aged parents.
With the support of her husband, Dr Normas was able to continue looking after her father who was sick due to old age and mother who was hospitalised and died there when she was finishing her thesis.
Dr Nirwan and Dr Normas both of whom hailed from Kelantan had also not allowed their study time to affect their involvement in their neighbourhood’s activities.
Support they gave to each other and an understanding son had enabled them to meet the challenges in finishing their studies leading to earning their doctorates.