“Comfort” is the most sought after phenomenon in the world. While majority go by the easier path to ensure comfort, there are personalities who opt for the less trodden path, stepping out of comfort zone and discovering the beauty of the journey. The story is of an individual who decided to skip the easy to explore the world of Machines.
Ms. Darshana Tikle is a young entrepreneur with a degree in electronics engineering, she surprisingly chose to quit the comfort of the field and ventured into mechanical which is almost assumed to be a dirty, shop floor and strenuous job and transformed into the labour of machines!
High spirited woman, she worked for 5 years as an automotive engineer in a firm which spun the initial fabric to her successful career. After picking up the knowledge required, she joined her family business and started exploring new technologies that she soon mastered.
With constant support and encouragement from her well experienced father, Mr. Arun Tikle and her team at TISA she soon rose to be the Managing Director of the company. Her knowledge and strong determination helped her overcome the sceptical minds that doubted every Women Leaders capabilities and put their anxious mind to rest. Whilst sharing her personal experiences with us, she said “When I joined the company 8 years ago, there was some apprehension from customers as well as shop floor workers towards a woman being in the lead. However, slowly I was able to pave my way by proving myself to them.”
Tisa Enterprises is a manufacturing company specialising in the manufacture of Clamping Solutions like Clamps, Clamping Elements, Screw Jacks and Clamping Devices. Our products are used in all engineering segments like Machine tools, Plastic Moulding, Press-shop, Fabrication, Automotive, Textiles, FMCG, Aerospace Engineering, Power Generation-Flow Control, etc. The company has been participating in IMTEX for the past 26 years and has met many of their existing and potential customers at the humongous fair. The company’s range of products and quality has fetched them many new customers and partnerships both in India and Abroad.
The mechanical field today witnesses many second generation women making their mark and building their promising career in the industry. Ms. Darshana collects her inspiration that she drew from her parents who built TISA from scratch which inspired her.
The new government schemes like Mahila Shakthi Kendras and introduction of a gamut of online courses is definitely a highlight with enormous allocation of funds and policies that encourage women empowerment. The implementation is the key to the policies, involvement of women from the lower strata and breaking the taboos that constrict the women including the entrepreneurs from growing. Elaborating on the same, she shared her opinions, “The Government has many subsidies for women entrepreneurs to encourage their growth from assistance to buying new machinery and raw material to participation in exhibitions. However, the fine print and elaborate paperwork is a deterrent to apply for these subsidies.”
Women have always held important positions in TISA, thus the company encourages an all-round development of every women who joins the institution. “Most of the key posts at Tisa are held by women. Further to my mother, Mrs. Shrimantini and me being part of the business, my sister, Mrs. Rutuparna has also joined the business to our added strength.”
Women play an important role in the administration and commercial department of TISA and Mrs. Darshana soon plans to hire women in the job shops too.
Women are at the helm of every sector and industry. Manufacturing sector is filled with innovations and opportunities for everybody, as an advice to young women entrepreneurs who want to join manufacturing sector, Ms. Darshana advices to follow their dream and dispel the notions of gender disparity.
With their strong foot hold in South India as a well- known clamping brand and exporting to many foreign companies, TISA now aims to expand their business to rest of the country and expand its umbrella of customer coverage. “We are working towards more effective development, less time consuming clamping technologies to offset job setting time and hence increasing productivity. Investing in more advanced machinery and quality inspection equipment to ensure quicker supplies and growth, without compromising on the quality, remains our mantra as has been for the last 35 years.”
Ms. Darshana is a strong and driven woman who holds a vision of having a better future for women where each woman is independent and capable of earning her own bread, irrespective of her social and economic background.
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