The Durban University of Technology (DUT) continues to commend all its essential workers for their dedication and commitment in providing services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. DUT’s Communications team’s Waheeda Peters spoke to Dr Suresh Babu Naidu Krishna, Research Fellow in Research and Postgraduate Support, DUT.
Q: Kindly tell me about your role at DUT and which campus you are based at?
A: “I am a Research fellow at the Directorate of Research and Postgraduate Support (Research, Innovation and Engagement) based at Steve Biko Campus.”
Q: How long have you been in that role?
A: “I have been in this role since 2018.”
Q: Please describe yourself in a few words?
A: “I am currently a registered member of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) as a natural scientist; member of the Royal Society of South Africa (MRSSAf); South African Society for Microbiology (SASM) and South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SASBMB). I am an emerging scholar and my research focusses on Nanotechnology.”
Q: How has it been like working during COVID-19?
A: “While working during the COVID-19 period was difficult, the university had to adjust to the fact that they would be working without esteemed colleagues, students, and family members. I commend DUT for taking effective measures to meet all the challenges that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Q: How do you deal with the fear of contracting COVID-19 and losing loved ones due to this virus?
A: “My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones during the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19. I wish and pray to God that I won’t have to go through this again any time soon.”
Q: What is your daily motivation?
A: “Thank you, Lord, for providing me with the opportunity to both live and perform. It is my goal to complete tasks without any setbacks.”
Q: Please take me through a normal day in your life?
A: “When I wake up at 5am, I go for a 30-minute walk to get some exercise. I drop off my child at school at 7:15am. I begin working at 8am and finish no later than 4:30pm, seven days a week. At 4.30pm, I schedule to pick up my child from school and go for a quick walk. I make a list of tasks for the following day. This is something I do daily.”
Q: What are your thoughts about the vaccine and its importance to students and staff?
A: “Given that the body is well prepared/immunised for the future, getting vaccinated should be a top priority among students and staff. It gives the first line of defence if we are vaccinated.”
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: “I would like to explore nature by taking road trips and visiting places which I have not visited.”
Q: If you had one wish what would it be?
A: “DUT to be in the Top 10 world rankings worldwide. I believe we can achieve it in the near future.”