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History of the Chapter
Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra state with a total population of 12 lakhs, famous for its Ajanta and Ellora caves. The city has ample state board and CBSE schools to cater to the population in the city. In the field of higher education, Ambedkar Marathwada University, Medical College, NLU, engineering colleges and post graduate colleges are available to aspiring boys and girls. Male literacy rate in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra is 87.37 percent. Female literacy rate in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra is 70.08 percent.
The USF programme in Aurangabad was initiated by a group of inspired by a group of ladies who wanted to make a difference, especially in the field of girl's education. Mrs. Madhavi Thirani, Mrs. Mamta Bagla, Mrs. Rashmi Kedia, Mrs. Anuradha Dhoot, Mrs. Sudha Bazaz, Mrs. Dimpi Machhar, Mrs. Manju Agarwal, Mrs. Aanchal Machhar, Ms. Shaileja Sanganeria, Ms. Shilpa Sharma.The first batch was launched in 2008 with just 13 Shalinis. Amazed at the complete transformation of the girls in a short span, 40 young girls were inducted the very next year. Since then, we have been able to induct 235 Shalinis, in 10 batches, under the programme. The Fellowship provides shalinis a lot of enhanced mental stimulation; feelings of inferiority has given way to a sense of positivity, infusing the girls with a never before enthusiasm to learn and achieve.