Fighting their life circumstances, three sisters in Rajasthan scripted a new history as they received Ph.D. degrees together from the university situated in Jhunjhunu district.
These inspiring daughters were born to a farmer, who tilted the land at night and worked at his shoe shop in the day. These three sisters fought their extreme poverty to inspire many unfortunate souls.
Sarita Tilotiya pursued her doctorate in Geography whereas Kiran Tilotiya completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry, and the third sister, Anita Tilotiya completed her doctorate in Education.
All three sisters have been awarded the doctorate degree from Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University.
This is the second time when in our country three sisters are awarded Ph.D. degrees together. For the first time, it happened in Madhya Pradesh, where three sisters were awarded Ph.D. degrees together.
Their Father Is The Real Hero
All three sisters now want to push the education campaign to new heights and contribute to the country.
Speaking to IANS, the eldest sister Sarita said,
“Our father always pushed us to pursue education. We never sat idle in our lives because our father, who is our idol, always remained busy and wanted us to be the same.”
Sharing the details of their achievements, she further added:
“Although we were born in rural surroundings, we were sent to hostels to pursue higher studies in Jaipur and Jhunjhunu district…In fact, all three of us pursued our Ph.D. after marriage for our father always said there should be no full stop in life.”
The father of these three inspiring souls, Mangalchand Tilotiya understood the value of education and practiced ‘Beti Padhao’ in reality many years back.
Scaling New Heights
Sarita is 41 now but she was just 16 when she got married. She further shared how her father continued to be her inspiration and as she supports her husband in the business of food grains marketing.
“I understood the pains of farmers after getting into my husband’s business. Hence I choose my research work on study of the concept of farmers towards agricultural produce marketing of Jhunjhunu district and the attitude and awareness of farmers towards traditional and e-procurement.”
Kiran, who is 37, is currently serving a government job. Given the fact that she has pursued a doctorate in chemistry on water, she is open to accept anything challenging for the cause of society and nation.
“I pursued my education in water pollution due to industrial effluents, its negative impact on human life and its abatement using scientific approach in India with special reference to Jaipur region under the supervision of Dr Rakesh Kumar,” says Kiran.
And, the youngest sister Anita pursued her Ph.D. in Education. According to her, the set up of university premises in a rural area is an inspiration for all locals who are now wanting to go for higher education.
“I am keen to contribute to the education sector and hence have pursued doctorate in education,” she says.
She further adds:
“I pursued my doctorate under Dr DL Pareek and Dr Shyam Sundar on social availability, creativity, motivation, and environmental awareness in the context of women empowerment in teachers,” she added.
At IFORHER, we are in awe of these daughters who fought against really tough circumstances to fulfill their dreams. We hope their inspiring story will encourage many more to fight for their dreams irrespective of challenges.