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Kurukshetra is a city in the north Indian state of Haryana. Male literacy rate is 83 percent while female literacy rate is 69%. Also sex ratio is just 888. Due to poor gender ratio PM Modi had launched Beti Bachao Beti Padao in 2015 from Haryana (Panipat) only.
In Kurukshetra in 2004-05, there were only 678 girls for 1000 boys. Udayan Care wanted to launch a USF chapter in Kurukshetra due to the dismal situation of girl's education. Dr. Sushama Sharma, Professor and then Dean, Faculty of Education, and Chairperson, Department of Education, Kurukshetra University, and her husband Dr. Ram Niwas, along with Dr. C. P. Singh, Professor of Social Work, KU, established the Udayan Shalini Fellowship (USF) programme in 2004 in Kurukshetra. The chapter's essential strength is its committed core committee. USF Kurukshetra has had a proud contingent of 580 Shalinis since inducting ten fellows in 2004-05. We inducted 40 new students in Batch 16 in 2020-21. In the Kurukshetra Chapter, USF is now sponsoring 160 Shalinis from 12th to 3rd year of graduation.
In 2008, Udayan Care decided to create the ‘Udayan Ghar for Girls', a new Home Child Care Institution (CCI) in Kurukshetra to help and support girls in need of care and safety. The family began in a leased home with only two children, but soon the house was filled with the laughter of many more little girls. Observing the development of children from infancy to adolescence was a wonderful experience.
It was in 2015-16, ASOS, UK, our long term partners and donors agreed to fund the purchase of land and construction of a building in Kurukshetra, for Udayan Ghar as well as for USF. In 2017, the newly built, building was dedicated to the children, by Ms. Louise McCabe, Head CSR, ASOS. The first and second floor is reserved for Udayan Ghar, while the ground floor is for office and USF work. There are also solar panels on the roof. We also established one IT training Centre in the basement so that Udayan Ghar girls, USF girls and other girls from the community could be trained on necessary IT skills.