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Chennai is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is home to many educational and research institutions. IIT Madras is ranked among the top centres of engineering education in India. Male and female literacy were 93.70 and 86.64 percent in census-2011. However, 19% of the population lives slums, and with migration to metro cities, the number of urban poors are increasing. The girls from urban poor families are not able to pursue their higher education.
In 2016, we were approached by a well-meaning and kind Indian now settled in USA, Dr. Suresh Raja, who was interested in girl education in India. We suggested him to support our Udayan Shalini Fellowship programme in Panchkula and Chennai and he readily agreed. With his kind support, we were able to establish the USF programme in Chennai and had taken the first batch of 62 girls in 2017. While establishing the Chapter, we came across Mr. Naveen Narayanan who is HR head of multinational IT company in Chennai and impressed by the programme, he happily agreed to be the Convenor of the programme. Not only, he formed the core committee with the support of Udayan Care, but also found out staff to work on the project. 92 girls are attached with pogramme at present and in 2019-20, 30 fellows will be inducted. Currently, USF is supporting 122 Shalinis at the Chennai Chapter.