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    Neeraj Bunkar

    from Bhilwara, Rajasthan

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Hi everyone,

I’m Neeraj Bunkar from the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. I'm the first generation learner from my family and reach up to this level with so many difficulties but always kept a passion for pursuing higher education. I have done my primary education from the government boarding school located in a rural area and then completed my Bachelors in Political Science Hons. from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi then I have got admission to Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai where I have completed Masters in social work with a specialization in Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action in 2019 after this I have decided to join the job sector due to the economic hurdles and worked about more than one year with the Tata Trusts-The India Nutrition Initiative as a District lead to monitor the nutrition mission in the district. Along with this, I have been in touch with my college professors and friends who are pursuing their Ph.D. from various universities. From my college days, I wanted to contribute to the knowledge production of marginalized communities. I have done research on the nomadic community of Rajasthan called 'Kalbelia' as part of the graduate curriculum. My intention to choose this community for my research was to explore and bring the debate about the community in the academic domain. I have a very keen interest in watching cinema with different perspectives that help us to understand the realities of our society. Being a person from the Dalit community I personally faced discrimination on the basis of my caste that always forced me to think through the perspective from within that explore the vivid form of cinematic creation from the marginalized/victimhood point of view. 

 My firm belief is that conducting this research on films through the caste lens will definitely enrich the existing literature of cinema studies and also produce a new perspective of looking at the cinematic world from the context of the Rajasthan region of India. I have thoroughly gone through the contribution made by the scholars in the cinematic field in relation to caste but haven’t found any writings on the cinema associated with the Rajasthan region through the caste perspective. It will be a new kind of knowledge about the cinema which not only explores the Rajasthan-based cinema but also helps people to understand the societal structure with the inherited norms and cultural practices that help the dominant class/caste to oppress the downtrodden section of the society. 
I know that my skills and abilities including data & finding analysis, perspectives, methods, and technical skills related to the research that I have gained throughout my academic career will be very useful in conducting research at Nottingham Trent University. After this qualification in the research field, I would like to continue my work in the research and teaching field to uplift my community in the educational sphere and help in contributing and enriching the process of knowledge production by the Dalit community.
I have secured an unconditional offer letter for Ph.D. in English language and Literature with a research title '‘Caste and Rajasthan based Cinema: Depiction of Dalit realities in the Cinematic World" from Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom. My intake has begun from 1st October 2021, but for the documentation process for this NOS Scholarship, I have taken an extension from the University to join the program by 28th October 2021. As we all know that the process of the scholarship takes time to release funds so, initially I have to arrange funds that will be reimburse anyway by the GOI.  I have run out of all the resources, Hence, I'm requesting to all of you kindly contribute in whatever amount you can. The funds that I will get from this platform will be given back to the society in future for the students who wish to pursue their dream like me.

Reach out to me if you have any questions or queries regarding my journey and this campaign.
neeraj2meg@gmail.com

Total expenses:-

ParticularsCost in Pounds Cost in INR
Accommodation2325233934
Visa35635881
Air-Fare29830000
Immigration Health Surcharge2450246606
Miscellaneous 53253579
Total Amount5961600000

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