Conductor's academic passion earns him journalism doctorate

Conductor's academic passion earns him journalism doctorate

His thirst for knowledge has helped him earn a PhD. Narasimha Gunjalli, a BMTC bus conductor from Bengaluru, will be receiving PhD from Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala at the 33rd annual convocation of Mangalore University on Wednesday.

Speaking with Deccan Herald, Narasimha said he completed his thesis under the guidance of Prof G P Shivaram, chairman of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Mangalore University.

The thesis, titled “Karnatakadalli Kannada Krishi Pathrikodyama: Ondu Adhayana,” is a study on magazines and newspapers in Karnataka covering farming.

On loss of pay
Narasimha has been serving the BMTC for the last 10 years. “I took permission from the BMTC to pursue my higher studies. If employees take up courses which are useful to Corporation, then the Corporation will bear the course fee. In my case, I was on a loss of pay for three years till I completed my PhD. It took three years and 35 days to complete my work. I submitted my thesis in September last year and joined duty on October 2. I will be pleased if my research will benefit society in some manner. Engaging in research is one of the best means of gaining knowledge,” he said.

A native of Raichur, Narasimha completed his degree through correspondence from Karnatak University, Dharwad, while he has completed his postgraduation through correspondence from Hampi University.

Soon after completing his Pre-University education in 2004, he joined the BMTC. His sheer interest and determination have driven him to complete his education.

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