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Aurangabad also known as “The City of Gates” is a city in Maharashtra. The total population of city is approximately 12 lakhs. The city is a tourism hub, surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as Bibi Ka Maqbara (replica of Taj Mahal) and Panchakki. The city has ample state board and CBSE schools to cater to the population in the city.

The USF programme in Aurangabad was the brainchild of a group of inspirational women who wanted to make a difference in the life of a girl child belonging to a weaker section of the society, providing them education for five years along with mentoring.

The first batch of USF was launched in 2008 with just 13 Shalinis. Flabbergasted at the complete transformation of the girls in a short span, 40 young girls were inducted the very next year. Since then, we have inducted 569 Shalinis, including 90 in 2020-21, under the programme. The Fellowship provides Shalinis with a lot of enhanced mental stimulation; feelings of inferiority have given way to a sense of positivity, infusing the girls with a never before enthusiasm to learn and achieve.


Some achievements in the year 20-21

• 350 Shalinis from underprivileged families are pursuing higher secondary and undergraduate studies in Aurangabad.

• We have extended our programme to the adjacent villages of Aurangabad Latur Station, Gangapur, Khultabad, Beedkin, Chitte Pimpalgaon etc. along with constant mentor support. The girls do not hesitate to travel to Aurangabad for workshops.

• Mentors: Presently we have 65 highly educated and compassionate mentors in Aurangabad Chapter. Corporates sponsors have encouraged their employees to become a mentor.

• USF Alumnae has also become a Mentor, as part of the “giving back” ethos of the programme.

• A Genpact, Deloitte, Tata Pro Engager – Udayan Care Employability based curriculum is conducted regularly through workshops to ensure their workforce readiness.

• Our alumnae have spread their wings across the country and beyond, breaking traditional barriers, often first-generation learners. They are working in Pune Mumbai, Hyderabad and Aurangabad as Computer Engineers, Electronic Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Textile Designers and Nurses, with one of our girls now in the United States.