Kerala PhD holder quits guest lecturer job, finds career in coir industy
Kollam: Dr Shailesh from Kerala’s Kollam district, who obtained a PhD from Mahatma Gandhi University in 2016 has turned into a worker in the coir industry due to the non-availability of a permanent job suitable for his qualification. The man who has worked as a guest lecturer in two private colleges in Kerala was forced to quit the white-collar job after not getting paid properly.
He got a PhD for research in novels by Hindi writer Usha Priyamwada. He also holds B.Ed and M.Phill in Hindi.
According to Dr Shailesh, he will ponder over better prospects only if the job is permanent. He has also expressed satisfaction about his job in the coir industry.
At present, Dr Shailesh is mainly involved in delivering coir to workers involved in processing it. Similarly, he delivers finished coir products to units like Coirfed and other markets. He earns a wage of Rs 30 for delivering a load of 35 kg in a pickup van.
Meanwhile, Dr Shailesh developed an interest in coir related ventures during the time of his education itself. When he was the club secretary of Navodaya Club he conducted skill training workshops with the coir board and Nehru Yuva Kendra. It was his first teaching experience where he provided hands own training in making coir related products. Following this, he became close to the coir industry.
Later, he founded Navodaya Coir Cooperative Society at Kotampally. It has been equipped with 65 electronic ratts and 10 automatic spinning machines. Around 100 employees are working under this cooperative society. A section of employees is working in their house premises itself. This PhD holder has been supplying coir for the workers in different units. He is also a member of the director board of the cooperative society.