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Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme
About the Programme
Udayan Shalini Fellowship derives its name from conjoining two Sanskrit words “Udayan” and “Shalini” meaning eternal sunrise and a dignified woman respectively. Beginning in 2002, with just 72 girls, the programme has expanded hugely and as of 2021-22 is present in 26 chapters spread across 13 states to ensure that no girl with the drive to learn is denied her dream, due to lack of support, and has inducted over 11,000 girls. 4500+ girls are already graduates in different disciplines, and vocations, and in prestigious jobs, in corporate, schools, colleges, and in NGOs, the rest of our girls, whom we call Shalinis (Dignified Women), are pursuing fields like Engineering, Medical, Chartered Accountancy, Company Secretary, Vocational, Nursing, and Computer Science, among others.
The USF programme has 5 key objectives. To provide financial support to deserving but needy girl students from government and government aided schools to enable them to continue their education; To provide individual attention, counselling and grooming through personalised mentoring to assure their overall mental, moral and over-all development; Through life Skill trainings & personality development workshops build their capacities , enhance new set skills & provide opportunities to widen their horizon of knowledge on social issues; . To develop ‘employability skills’ with components of trainings on career options, develop job-oriented skills and better understanding of employment world; To develop social sensitivity and a sense of responsibility, so that they give back once they become independent and start earning.
The programme partners with many inspired individuals who establish USF chapters on a voluntary basis as convenors and guide and lead the programme through unlocking multiple funding and mentoring opportunities for their Shalinis.
Encouraging Girls to Study through Financial Support
USF helps girls studying in government schools transcend the limits of their socio-economic background and realize their full potential, by providing the financial backing they need to continue studying after class X. Monetary support allows our Shalinis to focus on their education and pursue their secondary school and college.
Holistic Development of Shalinis through Workshops
We equip our Shalinis to excel at life by giving them the necessary tools to grow and flourish. USF offers personality development training and exposure to viable career choices. Through academic guidance, career counselling and life skills training, USF broadens their horizons and trains them to think independently. Our Shalinis realize their immense potential and outshine the world at every opportunity.
Individual Guidance through Mentoring
A robust mentoring system anchors each Shalini on her voyage of self-discovery. At every stage of the Fellowship, a Shalini has a supportive mentor giving her attention and counselling—this ensures that they receive the right guidance at the right moment. The personalized guidance received by each Shalini makes her robust, stable and confident.
Youth that Give Back
Another primary aim of the programme is to inculcate a sense of social awareness and responsibility in the girls. As they thrive, they are encouraged to help younger Shalinis. By giving back to society, a Shalini changes from a ‘recipient’ to someone who ‘gives back’ to society.
Developing Employability Skills
To develop ‘employability skills’ with components of trainings on career options, develop job-oriented skills and better understanding of employment world.