A South African woman, Ghaneshree Moonsamy, made history at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) when she became the first person to have her masters thesis converted into a PhD.
Moonsamy was the first person in the history of DUT to have her master's converted into a PhD, Briefly.co.za learned.
According to AllAfrica.com, Moonsamy's master's thesis was of high quality and her supervisors gave her the idea of applying for a degree conversion.
“Due to the content and quality of my masters, my supervisors suggested that we attempt to apply for a degree conversion from a master’s to a doctoral degree. I was successful in this application and was the first student to ever do this at DUT."
According to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (SCIR), Moonsamy focused her study on the development of a production process for a probiotic microorganism in abalone aquaculture.
She is set to receive her PhD at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre, Steve Biko Campus in Durban.
Moonsamy's story inspired South Africans who congratulated her on social media.
Radhika Balaram wrote: "Heartiest congratulations, Ghaneshree. Super proud of your accomplishment.!!! God bless."
Pamela Rathinam commented: "Wow, such an awesome achievement, well done. Such a role model to others."
Desree Govender added: "Congratulations young lady, you are destined for greatness."
Londa Mtana said: "Excellence!! I'm very impressed by her area of research, she is finding a solution to a problem."
Kelisha Jeanine Ponsamy commented: "This is so brilliant... Oh and I low-key wish same thing could happen to me."
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