Girls, who appeared for matric exams (in Jamshedpur file picture) this year, are eligible for the fellowships
Jamshedpur, Aug. 10: Diamonds are not always a girl’s best friend. The freedom to follow her dreams is more precious. Delhi-based outfit Udayan Care has set foot in Jharkhand to dole out this liberty to girl students hailing from humble backgrounds.
The students of state-run schools, who are often compelled to abandon studies after matriculation owing to poverty or early marriages, can now apply for Udayan Shalini Fellowship. The outfit will fund the studies of selected candidates till graduation. The girls will also receive vocational training in various fields so that they can become self-dependent.
“This is a unique opportunity for those girls who passed matriculate examination this year and wish to make a difference to their lives and the society at large,” said Jashmi Murmu, the co-ordinator of the project in Jamshedpur.
This is the first time Udayan Care has decided to reach out to Jharkhand, where dropout rate among girls is considerably high and child marriage is prevalent in remote areas.
Jashmi has already visited about a dozen state-run and aided schools besides getting into touch with the district education office.
Interested students will have to fill a form and appear for a written test. Representatives of Udayan will then pay a visit to the homes of the selected candidates to verify their financial condition.
As of now, the outfit has set a target of 100 students per annum in the region.
Teachers feel the programme has the potential to give purpose to the lives of poor students.
“Most of these girls don’t have a goal because their parents stop them from going to school. The fellowship will motivate them to excel,” said Kaushal Kishore of Ghorabandha Middle School.
The programme is running in many northern states.