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Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme

Higher education to develop girls into dignified, independent young women


In India, there exists a wide gender gap between the levels of education and literacy between the males and females. A widespread notion is that the girl child is a socio-economic burden and investing on her development is a waste of family income. According to current transition rates, a girl who enters her final year of primary education (till Class V) has only a 54% chance of continuing her education, further. Moreover, The highest percentage of girls drops out between Class X and Class XI.  Only 68% of girls who enter Class X move on to Class XI (NUEPA 2015)[1]

The statistics get more disturbing as we see that only 6% of Indian women are college graduates. Currently, out of every 100 graduates, only 38 are women (Census 2011).

Making a conscious choice to support higher education of girls, we introduced the Udayan Shalini Fellowship Programme  in the year 2002 in Delhi with just 72 girls. Since inception, USF has supported over 6092 girls from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds.


Programme Objective

*To provide financial support to deserving yet economically deprived girl students to enable them to pursue higher education

*To provide individual attention, counselling and grooming through mentoring to ensure their overall personality development

*To provide opportunity to widen their horizon of knowledge about various fields like career choices, social issues and personality development.

*To engrain a feeling of ‘giving back’ in our fellows so that they become social responsible citizens of the society.



Impact of Udayan Shalini Fellowship
6092 girls 15 chapters
USF originated in 2002 with 72 girls. Till now, USF has extended its support to 6092 girls USF has chapters in Delhi (North & South), Kurukshetra, Gurugram, Dehradun, Haridwar, Kolkata, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Phagwara, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Greater Noida, Panchkula, Chennai



[1] NUEPA 2015: School Education in India – U-DISE 2014-2015