[A woman who has carved a niche for herself in a strongly patriarchal society and runs a chain of educational institutes in Amritsar. She caters to the educational needs of about a hundred villages of the Punjab’s border district and has become a hope of millions. She believes that education is the only way to transform India and get rid of age old social vices. She advocates women centric change and believes that women should inspire from their fellow women and take lead to empower others and contribute whole heartedly for a gender just future India]. [Sidana Institutes,Amritsar,Punjab] [Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana-Principal and Owner Sidana Institutes of Education] An Interview with Dr. Jeewan Jyoti Sidana-Principal and Owner Sidana Institutes of Education, Amritsar, Punjab by Dr Adfar Shah-Editor at Analyst World. Adfar Shah: Tell us about your journey Dr. Jeevan Jyoti Sidana? What was your mission at the outset and to whom do you attribute your success? Jeewan Jyoti Sidana: Since my parents were from the teaching profession, they have been a source of inspiration to me always and undoubtedly my consistent hard work led to this stage where I own and administer a chain of educational institutes today. I had the distinction among the toppers of Punjab in the 10th standard and got a prestigious State Level scholarship from the government. After marriage, at the age of 21 my husband, Mr. Mohinder Pal Sidana, motivated and encouraged me to pursue Ph.D which I completed in 2002. Luckily, I got the opportunity to serve at Lovely Institutes, where I served as a principal from 2003 to 2006. After completing the Doctorate in the discipline of education and gaining vital experience as a teacher-educator for 16 years, I thought of opening an institute in this border area Amritsar district to provide quality education to the students of this region. So, along with the valuable support of my family and the representatives of this area, I established these institutes. During this period, I faced a lot of difficulties but God was kind enough and things became smooth gradually. The family and the faculty also supported me in every way. As change is the law of nature so...
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