UniKL’s doctoral student becomes first to bag 2 inspiring MonStar Awards


An inspiring backstory shared by a doctoral student of Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) has piqued the attention of the young talent network platform, Monsta Asia to award him with the Asia Top 10 Young Talent MonStar and Maxis Xperience Awards. 

Through his article entitled “People can either Break You or Make You”, Kirankumar Ronad, 24, became the first to attain both of the prestigious awards, which were conferred at the MonStar Awards 2022 ceremony, recently. 

“I am incredibly grateful to be receiving these awards. For the first time ever, one person won both the Asia Young Talent Award and the Maxis Xperience Award, and I am the only Indian and UniKL student who has won this award so far.

“This award is intended to recognise young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who inspire, influence, and encourage others through their talent, narrative, or work for people and communities,” said him, while expressing his appreciation for all support he received. 

Hailing from a small, conservative village in Karnataka State, India, Kirankumar was diffident about speaking English. 

He found himself in a tight spot in considering further studies in Malaysia, and his anxiety grew along with his failure at the first job interview due to not meeting their basic language requirement.

“The turning point in my life was when I told myself, I had enough. I am not going to be defined as “less” just because I am not proficient in a certain language. 

“So I began self-learning. YouTube became my best friend and I watched dozens of Hollywood movies. Through perseverance and discipline, I was able to learn English in only a few months,” he was quoted as saying in his article. 

“This newfound confidence I gained as a result of pushing myself fuelled my desire to become versatile and juggle different hats. 

“My dream is to be able to make a positive contribution through entrepreneurship. Hence, I proceeded to spearhead and start six different businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) whilst studying for my PhD,” he further noted.

For the record, he has spent the last three years in Malaysia to complete a Master of Business Administration (MBA) before pursuing a doctorate degree in Management at UniKL this year, which revolves around entrepreneurship, and digital marketing, as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 

The uphill task of juggling different businesses while undergoing doctoral studies was challenging for him at first, but he managed to balance the two by creating synergies.

“I chose a topic that is very relevant to the objectives of my business. The university will provide research for my business, and my business will inject realism into my PhD,” he told. 



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