Beating All Odds, 37-YO Visually Impaired Man Completes Doctorate In Kannada Language

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In an inspiring news, Ngagshetty, 37-year-old visually impaired man completed his PhD in Kannada. During the 53rd Annual Convocation on Thursday, he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy (Faculty of Arts- Kannada) for his research on ‘Kuvempu Kavyagalli Antherdrusti’ from Bangalore University.

Hailing from the remote village of Shalebeeranahalli near Chincoli Town, Nagashetty currently works as a teacher in a Government college in JC Nagar. To begin with, Nagashetty was not even sure of receiving a proper education, let alone a doctorate.

Nagashetty completed his schooling from Gulbarga Blind School and owing to his lack of options he had to stay in Puttaraj Gawai ashrama in Gadag to complete his under graduation. 

“I somehow used to study for exams with the help of classmates and others,” said Nagashetty, who never gave up on pursuing higher education. He joined Adichunchanagiri College and completed his BA and PG courses.

Nagashetty recollected that many times books were not available in Braille version. “I used to ask people to read it loud for me and listen to the audio scripts,” he added. He attributed his accomplishments to Dr Siddalingaiah, who encouraged him to study for PhD.

 “I would like to continue as  Kannada teacher and encourage people to learn the language,” Nagashetty said.

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