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Dr Ambedkar Jayanti 2020: Know why Babasaheb Ambedkar was popularly known as ‘Symbol of Knowledge’

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 April 2020, 11:48 IST

Amid coronavirus lockdown, Indians will commemorate the Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar Jayanti 2020 on April 14. Due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, people won’t be able to celebrate the day as they used to do earlier in a bid to prevent the gathering at public places. However, the Central government on Wednesday announced Ambedkar Jayanti or the birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar as a national holiday.

To celebrate the 129th birth anniversary of the father of the Indian Constitution, why don’t you read more interesting details about Dr. Ambedkar this year.

As you all have heard or read that Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was the first law minister and was also the lawyer, politician and academic of independent India. Besides this, he was a highly educated man with several degrees.

Let us enlighten you with some important information about Baba Saheb education journey:

He was having two master's degrees, Bar-at-Law, had four doctoral degrees. Besides knowing quite a few Indian languages including Sanskrit, Dr. Ambedkar also knew several European languages.

Interestingly, he was the first person from South Asia who had been conferred a Degree of Ph.D. in Economics.

At the age of 24, he wrote his paper on ‘Castes in India- Their Mechanism, Genesis, and Development.” He also challenged in his paper to many well-known scholars who had already written papers on caste.

Dr. Ambedkar was himself a ‘symbol of knowledge’ who had a long list qualification.

Check out the academic career of an ordinary man with extraordinary talent:

  1. Elementary Education, 1902 Satara, Maharashtra
  2. Matriculation, 1907, Elphinstone High School, Bombay Persian, etc.,
  3. Inter 1909, Elphinstone College, Bombay Persian, and English
  4. B.A, 1913, Elphinstone College, Bombay, University of Bombay, Economics & Political Science
  5. M.A, 1915 Majoring in Economics with Sociology, History Philosophy, Anthropology and Politics
  6. Ph.D., 1917, Columbia University conferred a Degree of Ph.D.
  7. M. Sc 1921 June, London School of Economics, London. Thesis – ‘Provincial Decentralization of Imperial Finance in British India’
  8. Barrister-at- Law 30-9-1920 Gray’s Inn, London
    (1922-23, Spent some time reading economics at the University of Bonn in Germany.)
  9. D. SC Nov 1923, London School of Economics, London ‘The Problem of the Rupee – Its origin and its solution’ was accepted for the degree in Economics
  10. L.L.D (Honoris Causa) 5-6-1952 Columbia University, New York For his achievements, Leadership and authoring the constitution of India
  11. D.Litt (Honoris Causa) 12-1-1953 Osmania University, Hyderabad For his achievements, Leadership and writing the constitution of India

Also Read: Babasaheb Ambedkar and his perpetual battle to end untouchability in India

First published: 10 April 2020, 23:50 IST