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History of the Chapter
Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, set on the foothills of the Himalayas. With an aggregate populace of 5.78 lakhs, an imbalance in the literacy rate could be seen where male literacy rate is 92.65 and female literacy rate is only 85.66 percent. The Dehradun chapter was begun in 2008 with the intake of 210 Shalinis in the very first year. This is the highest number of intake of shalinis in any chapter in the first year, thanks to the support of Kusuma Foundation. Initially, it was difficult to select so many girls in one go but thanks to the efforts of the core committee members, and the staff here, who really worked very hard in identifying schools and selecting the eligible girls.
When we started out, hardly any institutions offered girls a good yet affordable education, especially in the farther regions of this hilly state. Relentless effort, however, paid off. Now Until March 2018, 688 girls have benefitted under the programme. The tireless efforts have enabled partnerships with more than 60 government schools across Dehradun, and surrounding areas, for conducting NAT and selecting more girls for the Fellowships.
The chapter saw the great dedication and commitment of the convener and core committee members for making program as success. In fact, after much morale boosting, girls from this Chapter were the first to go on an educational tour to Delhi. These days, the Dehradun Chapter has 166 active Fellows. This year 30 new girls are being inducted
We are also thankful to Welham Girls’ School for providing their premises for USF activities.