Adivasi man gets his PhD despite having to discontinue studies repeatedly
Agali: With his doctorate, N Rangaswamy (32) became Dr. N Rangaswamy and the first Adivasi to secure a doctorate in Hindi literature. Rangaswamy’s story is that of hard work. Although he had given up on his studies many times during his childhood, his hard work finally paid off.
Since his childhood was filled with poverty and struggle, he had to stop his studies during fourth standard. Later he started helping his uncle and aunt in farming. However, his cousins Ramankutty and Ramachandran understood Rangaswamy’s passion for studying and facilitated his studies. However, with the death of his father SR Nanchappan, his studies got discontinued at seventh standard. His sisters Sarojini and Kumari helped him with his further studies. Till 10th standard, he studied at Sholayur Government Tribunal High School and he did his plus two from MRS Nellarnnadu Schiool.
He joined degree course when his friends at the school went for daily wage work. He joined Palakkad Victoria college for his degree. He took Hindi as his main subject. He worked part time in a shop to fund his studies. Rangaswamy’s doctorate is a reply to all those who discouraged him asking why he took Hindi literature.
He got his doctorate after studying contemporary Hindi literature for eight years from Calicut University, including his MA, M.Phil, and PG Diploma.
He is working as a temporary teacher in Attappadi Rajiv Gandhi Government Arts and Science College.