Project Udaan ( 'to fly') strengthens the conceptual foundation of 15 bright government school students in Pune. It provides rigorous coaching in Science, Math and English of 4000 hours over 4 years to prepare them to successfully join and graduate from internationally reputed colleges -the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)- considered way beyond their reach. The goal is to create equal opportunity for quality education and help them come out of generations of poverty and illiteracy.
A mere 18.1 % entrants to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) come from families whose income is below $1563 per year. Less privileged students like Sheetij and Mamta lack the foundation needed in Science and Math to enter the reputed IITs because of the schools they have been to. They need a special 4 year coaching in Science, Math and English but can not afford the fee of $5625 charged by well -known commercial classes.
GREAT Foundation's Project Udaan provides intensive free coaching of 480 hours each in Grade IX and X, and 700 hours each in Grade XI and XII. It builds a strong conceptual foundation in Science and Math in bright less privileged students to help them clear the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) to the IIT and graduate from these premier engineering colleges. By becoming capable of earning $ 30,000 a year, students like Mamta and Sheetij and their families will find freedom from poverty.
* The project will create opportunities for equality for 15 students from less privileged communities and allow them to experience enhanced social status and dignity. * This project will also enable Sheetij and Mamta to contribute to nation building as IIT engineers and scientists who understand the needs of the million poor, often left under-represented in developmental policies and projects designed by those from the upper or middle classes.