Bolangir: It is a moment of pride for the State as Sheetal Jain from Bongomunda of Odisha’s Bolangir district has been selected to pursue PhD (full-time) at the Oxford University in England.
For the academic session of 2020, total 54 students were selected from across the world for the prestigious PhD programme at Oxford. Sheetal happens to be the only Indian who made it to the final list for a PhD at Oxford this year. Her academic session will begin in October.
My father says, “Jo kuch nahin karte woh kamaal karte hai,” (those who do nothing, they do wonders), said a buoyant Sheetal speaking to a posse of media persons at her home today. “I have never competed with anyone in my life, except myself,” adds Sheetal.
After completing her schooling and 10+2, Sheetal moved to the National Capital where she did her graduation at the Delhi University. She always worked hard to achieve more. Sheetal appeared for the MPhil entrance and was among a few selected for the course at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University.
JNU gave me wings and taught me to fly. “At JNU, I learnt the art of questioning, to argue for the right. It was here, I developed my own perspective,” she said. Sheetal did her Bachelors in History from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College and is currently pursuing her MPhil at JNU.
“My father is my inspiration and whatever I have achieved today, I owe it to my parents. They have always encouraged me to study and dream big.” At an age of four and a half, she left home for her education. It was not easy for a girl of Bongomunda to achieve this feat. There were many ups and downs, she said.
Sheetal’s father, Jayprakash Jain, her mother Kantadevi and brother are delighted with her feat. “She is a dedicated girl from the beginning and does her with utmost sincerity. We are confident that she will bag laurels at Oxford and will work for the development of the region and earn a good name at global level,” her family said.
In a message to the youths of Odisha, she says, “Do things at your will and what interests you the most. Do not succumb to societal pressure.”