This story of an agricultural labourer completing her PhD is winning hearts

Sake Bharathi, an agricultural labourer from Anantapur district, defied hardships and limited access to education to achieve her dream of earning a PhD in chemistry.

Juggling her roles as a mother, student, and manual worker, Bharathi belonging to Nagulaguddam village in Anantapur district, completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies despite financial constraints. To meet her financial needs she started working as an agricultural labourer.

As soon as she completed her 12th, she was married off to her maternal uncle at a young age after completing her intermediate (10+2) and soon became a mother. But her determination led her to enroll in a PhD program, which she successfully completed.

“I want to serve as a faculty in the university. In the initial years itself I understood that I can make a significant impact only through education. This only drove me towards higher education despite the financial challenges. I had to work several days in a month to support my education. Scholarships also took care of my education to a certain extent,” said Bharathi.

Every day, she diligently woke up at dawn, finishing her household chores before heading to work or college. To reach her college, located around 30 kilometers away from her village, she had to walk several miles to catch a bus. Her husband, Sivaprasad, a landless agricultural labourer, expressed immense joy and pride in his wife’s accomplishments.

With the unwavering support of her husband and scholarships. Bharathi’s inspiring journey serves as a testament to the power of education and hard work in overcoming adversity.

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