Nripendra Pratap Rana

University lecturing post a “dream come true” for graduate Nripendra

It was a proud day for Nripendra Pratap Rana today (Thursday January 23rd, 2014), as he received his PhD in the area of Information Systems from Swansea University – and paid tribute to his father who he says is his “inspiration”.

Nripendra, 37, who was born and brought up in the small rural village of Shubhai Garh in the state of Bihar in northern India, received his postgraduate award at the University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations, held at the City and County of Swansea’s Grand Theatre. Nripendra was joined by his wife Vijeyta and four year old daughter Shambhavi at the Congregation for the School of Management, where they celebrated his achievement.

But amid the excitement of his graduation day in Wales, Nripendra was keen to pay tribute to his father, Birendra Prasad Singh, a farmer who lives in Shubhai Garh, India, for inspiring him and for his continued support during his studies overseas.

He said: “My father Birendra has been a great source of inspiration for me, right from my childhood. I could not have achieved what I have today without his constant support and encouragement.

“There have been many ups and downs during my early career and studies, when I felt really perplexed. But, I stood up every time things were down and carried on and this was thanks to the motivation and courage extended from my father.

“I would also like to dedicate this degree to my grandfather, Rajeshwar, who wanted to see me achieve my PhD from a British university, but he unfortunately passed away last year, before I completed my degree.”

Speaking about his background and how he came to study in Wales, Nripendra said: “I received my primary education in the village school, and my middle and high school education very close to my village. I studied for my BSc in Mathematics from BBA Bihar University and then studied my Master’s in Computer Application at Gauhati University in Assam, before securing a position as a lecturer at a private engineering college in India.

“I had intended to seek a career in the software industry in India, but realised that opportunities for personal and professional development are often limited, so I decided return to higher education and undertake further study overseas.

“I was very keen to study at a British university and I was attracted to Swansea University because of its AMBA accredited MBA programme, a high pool of talented members of staff dedicated for teaching, a multi-cultural study environment, and it was also a calm and quiet place, with a high degree of student satisfaction.”

Nripendra was successful in being offered a place on the MBA course at Swansea University’s School of Management, which he began in 2009. “I worked very hard, securing a Distinction, and then I applied for a three-year PhD scholarship from the School,” said Nripendra. “I started my PhD on the topic “Toward a Unified Model of Electronic Government Adoption”, which is largely related to the area of information systems, in September 2010. In the third year of my PhD studies, I applied for a lecturer position in the School of Management, in the Department of Operations Management and Entrepreneurship, “And I’m very pleased to say I was successful and I started my new post last September.”

Nripendra is clearly proud of his achievements since arriving in Wales, adding: “Starting my life in a small village in India and achieving my MBA, PhD and securing a lecturing post overseas has been a dream come true for me. “Reaching this point has been a long and difficult journey, but it has been made possible with hard work, self-belief, and strong determination – as well as the continuing support of my family here in Wales and in India, for which I would like to thank them for sincerely.”

Professor Mike Williams, one of Nripendra’s PhD supervisors, said: “I would like to congratulate Nripendra on his graduation today – he was an excellent student whose academic success is richly deserved. “I am delighted that he has chosen to stay on in the School of Management and I look forward to working with him as a colleague.”

Professor Yogesh Dwivedi, Nripendra’s second supervisor, added: “I would like to add my congratulations to Nripendra and his family in both the UK and India. “I worked closely with him whilst supervising both his MBA and PhD theses and we have subsequently collaborated on a number of academic and conference papers.

“I am confident that this will be the start of an outstanding academic career for Nripendra and I wish him every success.”

In addition to lecturing, Nripendra’s future plans include undertaking high quality research in the area of Information Systems/Information Technology (IS/IT) adoption and he aims to publish his work in some of the well-known and highly regarded academic publications in this field.

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