Mulugu: If there is one revolutionary and welcome change that coronavirus has brought about among people, particularly in rural Telangana, it has been the increasing belief in dignity of labour, and its acceptance.
A college lecturer taking to autorickshaw driving in Karimnagar, a school teacher working as an agricultural labourer in Mahabubnagar and a woman techie selling vegetables on the streets of Hyderabad, there are several such instances where individuals have not lost heart after losing their jobs in the wake of the pandemic. And most of them have a common denominator – they all hail from poor families, and have no regrets about doing what they are doing now.
In a similar case, Palnati Naresh, a PhD holder whose research papers have been published in UGC-Care-approved journals, took to masonry for a living when he couldn’t find a job in the aftermath of the lockdown.
A resident of Venkatapur village in Mulugu district, 31-year-old Naresh completed his M.Phil and PhD from Kakatiya University (KU) in Warangal. He taught in the Department of History and Tourism Management, KU, as a UGC (SAP-DRS) fellow from 2016 to 2020 drawing a remuneration of Rs 16,000 per month.
However, with the tenure of the project coming to an end in March 2020, he tried to work as a part-time teacher in the same department, but failed in his attempt because of “low workload” even among the existing faculty.
“I did my MA in History from the KU campus college in 2011. Later, I secured M.Phil seat in the same department. In 2016 after completing M.Phil, I joined the PhD programme and completed it in 2019. I did my research on ‘Bio-Diversity as Reflected on Temples in Telangana – A Study’ under the supervision of Prof K Vijaya Babu,” Naresh told Telangana Today.
“I put in a lot of effort and worked hard for the doctorate degree. I am also passionate about teaching. Since I could not land any job, I am working as a mason for the time being. I don’t feel bad at all doing this work since my father, Sambaiah, is also a mason,” Naresh said.
Naresh is simultaneously preparing for the National Eligibility Test (NET). “By qualifying in the NET, It will be easy for me to land a job as a degree lecturer or assistant professor when recruitment is taken up by the government,” Naresh, an optimist, said. He has published four research articles in UGC Care-approved journals besides one in an international journal.
Now you can get handpicked stories from Telangana Today on Telegram everyday. Click the link to subscribe.