Udayan Shalini Fellowships: Higher education to develop girls into dignified, independent young women
The situation of education for girls in India is abysmal, especially for girls from underprivileged communities. The biggest hurdle faced by the girls is during transition from schools to colleges where dropout rates increase dramatically. While 16% girls study till Class X, there is only 1 girl among every 100 college going students and only 8.7% women complete graduation, even in urban India.
Making a conscious choice to support higher education of girls, Udayan Care began the first Chapter of the Udayan Shalini Fellowships in 2002, in Delhi.
USF is a unique fellowship as it goes beyond monetary assistance to ensure holistic development of each Shalini through a strong mentoring programme. Young entrepreneurs, educationists and experts keen on change, join us as senior mentors.
Regular camps, workshops and a mandatory 50 hours of social work helps Shalinis gain confidence and self esteem. Today, our Shalinis are excelling in varied fields like Engineering, Medicine, CA and Computer Science, among others, becoming a source of inspiration for their families, communities and peers.
Since inception in 2002, USF has supported over 3000 girls. Currently 1560 Shalinis are availing the Fellowship in 9 cities/Chapters – Delhi, Kurukshetra, Gurgaon, Dehradun, Haridwar, Phagwara, Kolkata, Aurangabad and Jaipur.
Last quarter's activities with our brilliant fellows:
SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP
VENUE:MAHAVIR SENIOR MODEL SCHOOL
BACKGROUND AND DESIGN OF THE WORKSHOP
The workshop was designed keeping in mind the relevance of stress management for the fellows in their personal and academic life.
NEED OF THE WORKSHOP
Stress has become a major issue affecting the students who find it difficult to understand the real reasons of stress and cope with these factors eventually affecting their performance. Therefore it was important for the fellows to understand and become aware about stress as well as learn the ways to manage stress. The workshop was specifically planned and designed for two batches, the fellows who would be moving from school to college in a few months and those in the first year of the college.
OUTCOME OF THE WORKSHOP
MENTOR-MENTEE INTERACTION AND ORIENTATION
Facilitator: Mohd.Faheem Khan
47 fellows of 12th Batch
23 Senior Mentor Didis
The sessions brought the mentor didis and mentees come together on a common platform to know and understand each other so that the foundation for a strong bond is laid.
PARTICIPANTS: 239 fellows across all the batches
FACILITATORS: Gaurav Sharma
American Express Team
THEME : Time Management
Time Management assumes relevance for all crucial for all target groups differently. Besides Time Management is largely a vital segment of one’s personality behavior that leads to success in academic and professional life. The earlier workshop on Positive Thinking was appreciated by the fellows and satisfactory learning was generated. The preference of the workshop came from the fellows who demanded the theme to be covered which was thus designed as a natural progression to the earlier workshop.
Understanding developed about management of time to meet academic and non academic needs.
Platform provided to address individual challenges of time management by means of interaction with resource persons of American Express.
Effective and applicative tips provided like creating blocks of study time and breaks.
Theme: Communication Skills
Participants: 65 Fellows: 8th &12th batch
Facilitator: Poornima Narang
The role of sound communication skills assumes great importance in the academic, personal and professional life. Therefore it became important to understand the different components of communication like verbal, non verbal and listening .The workshop was designed to impact the understanding of the fellows about the form of communication adopted in their daily lives and enhance their confidence level. The exercises and activities would help the participants to explore their own communication skills.
Manisha: Our Success Story of Last Quarter:
Today, when Manisha mentions the name of the institution she studies in, she is greeted with a strange sense of respect. Pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Hindi Journalism at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, one of the country’s premier institutes for mass communication studies, she is aware that this recognition has come in regard of her academic journey. However it is not her admission that makes the academic journey different but her rise as a consistent performer. An ordinary student would have chosen some celebrity for her first interview but when it was the time for her to decide ,she did not think twice .She interviewed Dr Kiran Modi, the person she met 5 years back at the induction ceremony as a Shalini Fellow. Little did she realize then that one day she would be able to sit beside her as a confident journalism student and interview her. The quick reaction she gives is “Maine soch rakha tha ki zindagi ka pehla interview mam ke saath lungi”( I always told to myself that the first interview I will take will be of Dr. Kiran Modi) .She is extremely excited to publish and bring out “Rozana-Har Khabhar Par Nazar”, the newspaper prepared by the team.
The desire to grow and excel is strongly evident .This desire was instilled in her five years ago with the oath of Shalini Fellow. This transformation did not happen overnight. Looking back she remembers herself as a shy girl, hesitant to speak and voice her opinion. But today she travels for about two hours to the institute and participates in every role as an independent and confident student. Actively participating in different extracurricular activities as Celebrity Convener for Fest at the institute and anchoring at events, she has proved the learning of the different workshops and USF mentoring.
She has her eyes firmly set on Print Journalism and is aware that the opportunity to study in the academic environment guided by the best professionals of the field does not come to everyone. This makes her even more dedicated towards her academic goal. In her own words “admission in the course was the result of my performance but carrying forward the legacy of USF and the institution is my responsibility”.
Please do write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and share you ideas and feedbcak about the diffrent personality development workshops we provide for our fellows. With your help we can develop a Curriculum for the necessary workshops with them.
Udayan Shalini Fellowships (USF):
The situation of education for girls in India is abysmal, the biggest hurdle being faced during transition from high school to secondary levels and then to college where dropout rates increase dramatically. Making a conscious choice to support higher education of girls, Udayan Care began Udayan Shalini Fellowships in 2002, in Delhi with 72 girls. Since inception, USF has supported over 3000 girls. Today, many of our girls, whom we call Shalinis, are pursuing fields like Engineering, Medicine, CA, Computer Sc, among others. Some of the unique features of USF are mentoring and regular motivational workshops to create a force of sensitive, trained and enlightened citizens. To become socially aware and responsible, Shalinis fulfill 50 hours of mandatory social work. USF is now present in 9 cities – Delhi, Kurukshetra, Aurangabad, Dehradun, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Haridwar, Phagwara and Jaipur – with Jaipur as its newest Chapter.
Succes story of Anu-on her Journey form a deserving, needy and ambitious girl to become a dignified woman
Course: (Pursuing Medical)
Institution: Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
When Anu was completing her schooling, her aspirations may have resembled her peer group but the desire to excel and prove her merit had always been much stronger. She had set in her eyes the ambition to pursue MBBS. Had she been brought up in a privileged family, the barriers to higher education would have been lesser. But, her father’s income as a street vendor in Azadpur wholesale market as the sole earning member of the family was sufficient only to support the daily expenses of the family. Funding his daughter’s dream of securing admission in a private medical college was not possible.
It was Anu’s determination and uni-directional focus towards her goal that made her secure admission in Lady Hardinge Medical College such that the burden of financing the cost of her medical degree did not fall on her family. While she agrees that her preparation in 11th and 12th standard has not been up to the mark, regular study and working on the basics worked wonders for her. Scoring 58% in the first year of the degree, there is nothing that can divert her attention from performing to the best of her capabilities. Besides, the academic engagement, Anu is utilizing the knowledge gained to the best possible manner. Teaching Chemistry and Maths to young aspirants in the coaching institute where she herself studied, she is helping these students fulfil their dream. This effort has provided her the additional support of funding her younger’s brother’s medical preparation in the same coaching institute. With one goal achieved, Anu has already started aiming for the future where her goal is to become a Paediatrician.
Some workshops for our Shalinis in order to train them to decelop their overall personality:
A. QUARTERLY WORKSHOP
DATE: 6th October 2013
FACILITATORS: Gaurav Sharma, American Express Team
B. SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP
DATE:10th November, 2013
VENUE:MAHAVIR SENIOR MODEL SCHOOL
C. SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP
Theme: Communication Skills
Date : 8th December 2013
D. MENTOR-MENTEE INTERACTION AND ORIENTATION
DATE : 10th November 2013
FACILITATOR : Mohd.Faheem Khan
PARTICIPANTS :47 fellows of 12th Batch, 23 Senior Mentor Didis
We will look forward for your suggestion for any workshop theme that we can include ion our module for the overall perdsonality developments for our Shalini Fellows.
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Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme (USF)
Through monetary and mentoring support, girls from weaker sections of society are able to continue higher education. Since its inception in 2002, USF has supported 2678 girls. Today, we are proud that our girls, whom we call Shalinis, are pursuing fields like Engineering, Medicine, CA, Computer Sc, among others. Some of the unique features of USF are mentoring and regular motivational workshops to create a force of sensitive, trained and enlightened citizens. To become socially aware as well as socially responsible, they fulfill 50 hours of mandatory social work. USF is currently present in 9 cities in India.
Udayan Shalini Fellowships is for girls from weak socio economic backgrounds. However the Eligibility Requirements are as follows:
Due to the economic and social background the beneficiaries are able to avail limited opportunities and barely manage to finish their schooling before being forced to drop out to get married. The girls however, are ambitious, and due to the exposure around them are aware of the prospects they may venture into if well educated. As daughters of clerks, watchmen, drivers, shopkeepers they have been subjected to various monetary strains of the family. The family income of most of the households is between Rs. 2000 to 8000 monthly and the fellows face numerous societal challenges to break away from the conventional custom of survival. Such monetary strains and orthodox thinking induces a girl to drop out and give up on her education.
The USF Residential Camp 2013 was held at the Udayan Ghar in Greater Noida.The camp saw the participation of 27 fellows comprising of a heterogeneous group of school and college going fellows. This year’s camp was centered on the theme of “LEADERSHIP & PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT”.
The theme of the workshop was chosen with the specific purpose of inculcating a sense of leadership amongst the Shalinis and providing them with the necessary exposure to develop themselves into strong personalities.
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Highlights of the Last Quarter
Summer School Academic Training Workshop-21 days for Udayan Shalini Fellows
EVALUATORY REPORT OF SUMMER SCHOOL ACADEMIC TRAINING
The concept of Summer School Academic Training was drawn from the idea to improve the efficiency of academic learning and develop better orientation towards the career choices for the fellows studying in 12th std. It was envisaged as an extension of USF programme and an alternative to the conventional teaching methodology of school teachers.
v To improve and enhance the academic preparedness of the fellows of 12th standard by providing them specialised guidance of experts from various fields.
v To serve as a platform of discussion based learning to the fellows to clarify their subject specific queries.
v To provide effective and goal directed career guidance to the fellows to make them aware of their career choices.
38 fellows of science and commerce stream participated in the summer training at Mahavir Senior Model School. They were provided specialized guidance by experts for Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Accountancy, Business Studies and Economics. The faculty members were professionals of their respective fields. For e.g. Vaibhav Bhatnagar provided guidance to the fellows of commerce stream.
For every subject, the focus of the experts was not only on completion of course but clarification of doubts. The faculty members laid emphasis on “smart learning” where the application of short cut methods in approaching the questions was explained to the fellows. All the important concepts were explained by means of educational games and activities where the faculty members facilitated the participation of the fellows.
The faculty members oriented the fellows towards preparation for various entrance examinations (esp. for science stream) so that they could understand the difference of pattern as compared to the school exams and prepare themselves accordingly. The fellows developed insight into career choices that they can make after their schooling. The basic awareness was regarding the courses that are available in their respective streams and the pros and cons of the respective courses.
In this method of training, the fellows were able to shed their inhibitions in asking questions and clarifying their doubts. The activity based learning approach adopted by the faculty generated interest and the fellows were able to grasp the concepts in an easier manner. Besides, the career based discussion developed a sense of career planning in the fellows in a way that they could give shape to their career related desires and take charge of their future accordingly.
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Shanu is an ambitious and hardworking girl, who completed her B.Com (H) from prestigious Daulat Ram College, New Delhi. She resides in Haveli Haider Quli area of Chandni Chowk. Her father is working as a private accountant. With her father’s meager income, hardly he could afford Shanu’s college education.
Due to her dedication and hard work, in 11th standard, she was selected as recipient of the of Udayan Shalini Fellowship programme. With the fellowship amount she not only completed her honours degree in commerce but also taken up chartered accountancy, as her aim in life is to become a chartered accountant. During her stint with the fellowship programme, she had been provided with mentoring support through experienced and eminent personalities. This helped her to remained focus both in her career and her aim in life as well. It’s a proud moment for Shanu’s family and Udayan Shalini Fellowship programme that with timely and able support & facilitation of the fellowship programme, now she is able to become a Chartered Accountant.
Moreover she had been regular in the various workshops and campaigns organised during the fellowship duration. Not only she takes initiative in the activities of the workshops but also shares the learning with her other friends also. Because of these interventions she is now truly can be called as a Shalini (Dignified Woman).
Shanu's Dreams of being a Chartered Accountant has been fulfilled with the help from people like "YOU".
Your consistent support will help more girls like SHANU realise their dreams!
Last Quarter also witnessed:
Please suggest us topics for Life Skill Training that we can organise for our Shalini fellows.
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