A young student, Ghaneshree Moonsamy, pursuing a Masters degree in Biotechnology at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), achieved the extraordinary when her Masters thesis was converted into a PhD.
Ghaneshree Moonsamy, reading a Masters at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa, made history as the first student to have her thesis for a Masters in Biotechnology changed into a PhD by the university due to its advanced quality.
Moonsamy disclosed that because of the superior quality of her thesis for her masters, her supervisors suggested that she should attempt to apply for a degree conversion from a masters to a doctorate.
She confidently said that she ‘‘was successful in this application [making her] the first student to ever do this at DUT.”
Moonsamy was conferred with her PhD in Biotechnology with a PhD in Biotechnology by the university last Tuesday evening, May 7, 2019, at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre, Steve Biko Campus in Durban, South Africa.
Despite taking some time to complete her thesis, Moonsamy said she is proud of her laudable feat.
“It’s still surreal, I am unsure how I feel about it, because it has been such a monumental journey. So many extreme highs and terrible lows. I am so glad to have made it to the finish line,” she said excitedly.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (SCIR) of the university confirmed that her study was based on the development of a production process for a probiotic microorganism, used in abalone aquaculture, a seafood delicacy that is cultivated primarily in land-based aquaculture systems.
A demonstration of this technology at full manufacturing scale resulted in a patented technology which highlighted the attractiveness and commercial feasibility of the production process.
The Verulam-born Moonsamy said her journey was not always easy particularly on the personal front, but nonetheless she persevered.
“I would have preferred if I had completed my doctoral degree in a shorter time period, however, I realised that everything happens at the right time, in God’s time, and not in my time.”
For Moonsamy, the one must go beyond the skies if they can; she is currently pursing another qualification, a Masters degree in Management in Innovation Studies at the University of Witwatersrand.
She says her future plan is to use her acquired skills set and the ones she’s yet to acquire to make a useful contribution to impact society.
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