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For ages, the metropolitan city of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) has been enriched by the finest breed of free thinkers, visionaries, and cultural luminaries, who mesmerized the world with their works in various artistic fields and continue to do so. Literacy rate in Kolkata is 87.14%, which is far better than the national average of 74%. The city offers a range of educational institutions and universities for students at various levels. The overall education system in Kolkata is at par when compared with the other metro cities. However, in Kolkata slums, female literacy rate (71%) is constantly lower than male literacy rate (83%). Considering the fact it could be said that gender disparity in educational attainment does exist in our country and Kolkata is the no different place. The girls in Kolkata do face multiple challenges that tend to keep them away from their studies of which income and economic aspect remains the important one.
After the success of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme in Delhi and Kurukshetra, Udayan Care wanted to reach out to economically underprivileged yet meritorious girls from other corners of the country. Our next stop was in the east- Kolkata, West Bengal. Kolkata is India’s second-largest city and former capital of India under the British Raj. The city is a daily festival of human existence, simultaneously noble, and cultured.
Started in 2007, the Udayan Care Kolkata was formed under the able-leadership of Ms. Kusum Bhandari, a noted educationist and visionary and Late. Suresh Neotia, industrialist, and co-founder of Ambuja Cements. Mr. BD Sureka, a renowned philanthropist, and industrialist were involved with Udayan Care Kolkata from the very beginning as a valued mentor and guide. The initial team consisted of Mr. Parimal Chandra Das, a successful banker whose altruism inspired him to leave his lucrative job and take up the philanthropic venture at Udayan.
In 2016, with the support of local industrialists and well-wishers, Udayan Care, Kolkata Chapter has been able to procure its own office space at Park Street, Kolkata which has strengthened our efforts to remain available to our Shalinis throughout the day and conduct different activities for them, including computer training. Currently, USF is supporting 1271 Shalinis at the Kolkata Chapter.