Balangir, August 28 (LocalWire): Bringing laurels to the state, Balangir girl Sheetal Jain has secured a seat for Ph.D. in History at Oxford University, London.
Across the globe, 54 students have been selected for the Ph.D. programme, and Sheetal has managed to be one of them.
Speaking to LocalWire, Sheetal’s brother Sachin (a data analyst in Gurgaon) said, “Sheetal was always a hard-working and diligent girl. She would dedicate over 10 hours a day to her studies.
We, as her family, are very proud of her achievement.”
Hailing from Bangomunda in Bolangir district, Sheetal was always encouraged by her parents to pursue her education in order to become independent and leave her mark on the world.
“Bangomunda is an extremely backward township. Till now, there is only the SBI bank here. Even ATMs came to the place just 3-4 years ago.
My parents always encouraged both of us to pursue our studies from good universities.
My sister completed her schooling from Vikas Residential School in Bargarh, and her intermediate from Sri Chaitanya in Vishakhapatnam.
Even though she studied Science during +2, she decided to go for History in her Bachelor’s degree as she was confident that she did not want to pursue Science further.
My parents never stopped Sheetal from pursuing her field of interest,” her brother said.
Being from a traditional Marwari family, as well as the rather conservative town, people opposed her parents’ move to send Sheetal to Delhi for higher studies.
However, her father (Jaya Prakash Jain) believed in his daughter’s abilities and sent her to Delhi for pursuing her studies.
“With the kind of exposure I got in Delhi, I was inspired to further broaden my horizons and reach for new heights.
I am very happy that I have been selected for my Ph.D. at Oxford University,” said Sheetal.
“As my father had to take up business responsibilities from a young age, he never got the chance to study.
However, he always encouraged us to pursue our studies and make a good life for ourselves. Everyone in our family is very supportive of education,” said Sachin, about his father.
“Children bloom like flowers in a good environment, and it is extremely important for parents to become a child’s strength and support through the challenging life of the school and higher studies.
I am extremely grateful to my father for all the encouraging nourishment he has provided to me throughout my life.” Besides her father, she has also thanked her supervisor, teachers and family for sustaining her.
Sheetal wishes to work for woman empowerment after finishing her studies at Oxford.
“This is something which is very important to her; she wishes to work for the education of women so that they are able to become self-sufficient,” her brother concluded.