Dual incentive for Uttarakhand girls at UPES
UPES, under its Shakti initiative, is offering scholarship to all girl candidates for 2020 intake, but there is an additional fee concession for those who have a domicile in Uttarakhand
Women’s education and empowerment are the indicators of development for any nation. Despite all the progress India has achieved since its independence, issues such as patriarchy, gender stereotypes and lack of financial support have been restraining women from pursuing higher education.
In order to promote girls’ education in Uttarakhand and augment gender diversity on campus, UPES has announced a unique scholarship scheme as part of its women’s empowerment initiative – Shakti. UPES is offering 25% scholarship on tuition fees to all girls taking admission in any of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for 2020 intake. Plus, there is an extra 33% concession for girls who have a domicile in Uttarakhand. For fee calculation, 33% concession will be applied first and thereafter 25% scholarship to girls will be calculated on the reduced amount. This is being seen as big boost for the girl students who aspire for higher education but do not have the means to pursue it.
“Girls in classrooms pave the foundation for diversity at workplace,” says Dr. Sheetal Khanka, Professor & Head, Internationality, at UPES. “Be it Law, Business, Engineering or Health Sciences, a diverse classroom would surely help in building broad-based organisations, and subsequently, a progressive nation. This dual scholarship will indeed be a huge support for girls who wish to pursue higher education,” she adds.
Sharing her views on the unfulfilled academic aspirations of women, Dr. Shambhavi Sinha, a Shakti alumna and a core member of team Academic Strategy at UPES, says, “In an average family struggling to earn their daily bread, the girl child often fails to see the blackboard. Rather, the family prefers to save the same amount of money for the girl’s wedding instead of spending it on her education. The Shakti scholarships would serve as the silver lining and provide the financial cushion by making the family less hesitant to invest in the education of the girl child. This would surely provide wings to girls in Uttarakhand to fly high, stand tall and break the glass ceiling.”
Dr Juhi Garg, Deputy Director, Shakti projects at UPES, also lauds this move of providing fee concessions for the female candidates. “Quality Education is not just a dream; it’s the fundamental right of every girl. We, at UPES, value dreams and are determined to give wings to them through world-class education. UPES is celebrating 2020 as the Year of Women’s Empowerment and offering a scholarship of 25% to all girl students for the entire program duration. The domicile fee concession is an added bonus.” Not only this, as part of Shakti, all the girl students will be given exclusive access to Shakti Club wherein they will get a golden chance to undergo a transformative journey ‘From the Classroom to the Boardroom’. They will be nurtured through continuous motivation and mentoring from industry leaders and experts via web talk series, clubs activities and community service projects, among other things.
Emphasising the importance of girls’ education, Brahmleen Kaur, a Shakti alumna and a member of the Incubation Cell at UPES, explains, “Girls’ education and women’s empowerment are the two pillars of SHAKTI projects. If we think deeper about it, it is not just an initiative for a better tomorrow, but also to make India a stronger nation.”
“Equitable quality education for all girls is a must to build a roadmap for prosperity,” appends Pooja Khanna, another proud Shakti alumna and an employability coach at UPES.
UPES is a university with a purpose. This move to incentivize girls’ education is expected to open doors for many small-town girls and fuel their dreams and ambitions, besides creating a far-reaching impact on gender diversity at the campus.