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.  

UPES has announced a unique scholarship scheme as part of its  women’s empowerment initiative – Shakti

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.


    1. Well needed and greatly appreciated initiative by UPES. Congratulations for all the good work done continuously by the team of UPES.

  1. Excellent article. Thank you for keeping the spirit of shakti alive. It is an important initiative to bring upes a more diverse organisation.

    1. Thank you Sharad Sir, for your wonderful initiative “Shakti” dedicated to women empowerment.
      We will be always indebted to you for all the great things we learned and experienced during “Shakti”
      This dual scholarship for girls of Uttarakhand would surely provide a big boost to girl education in Uttarakhand and nation at large.

    2. Your vision will transform many lives. With your inspiration we all shall take this initiative to higher realms. This vision will soon be a mission of many.

  2. Preeti this looks and feels so good. Many congratulations.

    Shakti is an emotion for all us Shakti mates. I shall forever be indebted to UPES for this.May Shakti continue to grow and touch lives as it has for us.

  3. Commendable work!
    Excellent article. We always talk about women empowerment, girl power. Initiative like these brings the real change in the society

    1. Thanks dear Aashi, yes it a great responsibility for each one of us to work towards girl education and empower them.

  4. Dear Preeti, thanks for this lovely article. Scholarship to the girl students, empowerment programs to budding women leaders shows the commitment of UPES in the building a diversified society.

    More women in the board room and many more in the classrooms. Salute to the initiative!
    Best Wishes.

  5. Wow! Again a great Initiative by UPES! <3
    Initiatives like this help the society to get better and positive!
    So happy to be a part of this university. 🙂

    1. Thanks dear Spandan, support from new generation member like you is highly appreciated.This initiative will have far reaching impact on making this world a better place.

    2. Very informative and hope the girls will achieve success and they will reach to zenith.
      Well done UPES,hats off
      Great initiative

      1. Surely ! Things will change for good! We are aiming at a gender diverse campus and subsequently a progressive nation.

  6. Dear Preeti,
    Article is informative and will reach to the girls who aspire to be part of this initiative and system. Let us spread the message in order help the maximum no of girls who dream big in life and want to educate themselves.

  7. Great initiative by UPES for girls this may help many girls who wish to study and can afford it now. This shall bring girl education in light for those who think saving money for dowry is more important than educating the girls.I am proud to be a part of this university.

    1. You are so right dear Vanshita! Girl scholarships like this would help many parents to support their daughters for higher education.

  8. Very nice article. Great initiative by UPES to empower girls as women empowerment which has just become a theory in the contemporary world is being practically implemented.

    1. Highly motivational article! An amazing initiative by our university. This initiative will definitely give wings to many girls. Proud to be a part of UPES!

  9. A great initiative by UPES contributing in women empowerments enabling girls not only to dream but also to become a student of UPES and change their dreams into reality.
    It will give shape to many dreams building women leaders.
    I wish UPES for Shakti a great success

    1. Hey Annie, being your mentor, in you i see a strong woman in the making.One who supports other to rise.
      God bless you.

  10. A lot of people failed at what you accomplished, simply because they were busy finding problems while you were busy finding solutions…..
    Its truly a blessing in disguise for the girls out there to make the most of this Opportunity & I feel immensly proud as always to be associated with your Institution 🙏
    All the best👍

    1. Ahaan , such an encouraging comment from a wonderful woman and a great friend. We at UPES too appreciate people like you who are so kind and supportive.

  11. Astonishing initiative by the UPES. It will surely leave a positive impact in the society. If there will be more teachers like Preeti Ma’am then everyone will fly to the skies irrespective of the gender or caste.

    1. Thanks for your kind words dear Mehul! I deem it as my luck to be part of a team, wherein i could contribute to causes like youth development and girl education.

  12. Very informative and hope the girls will achieve success and they will reach to zenith.
    Well done UPES,hats off
    Great initiative

  13. Mam, this is a great initiative by the UPES and the team, enhanced availability of education will definitely drive women empowerment!!

  14. Very nicely written. Its great to see how UPES has come out so actively in supporting women empowerment in the true sense

  15. UPES has very intriguingly initiated many such steps towards the concern of youth empowerment which has proved helpful. Thanks for enlightening us so well about it.

    1. Dear Chetana, we are so proud to have students like you, who believe in these causes and support them.
      God bless you.

  16. Amazing step taken by UPES, this will give platform to girls to bring out their capabilities… Wish them good luck!!!

  17. Excellent article and commendable initiate taken by UPES in empowering women!
    Such initiatives contribute to our changing society.

  18. wow! this will really be a great boost up for women education! Kudos to the UPES team for taking the steps in the right direction.

  19. Great work!

    UPES while providing great education, it is also working on the social responsibility.Hats off!!

    1. Thanks Simran, yes we at UPES believe in giving back to society.
      We encourage our students also to work towards it.

  20. This is really impeccable.we are really proud to have prof.like you ma’am.This Enhanced Availablity will drive the women Empowerment.

  21. It was an amusing article ma’am. Proud to see that our university is diversifying and enlightening the girl empowerment and giving more opportunities for the people to study.

    1. Yes Simar, at UPES we value dreams and try our best to help people to pursue their dreams, in whatever possible ways we can.

  22. Mam, this is a great initiative by the UPES and also a good opportunity for girls students , well done @UPES for giving such kind of scholarships which will make child motivated towards education .

    1. It was so good to see how our college and teachers like you are putting so much efforts and hard work.
      More power to the team and UPES. 🥂

  23. Dear Preeti Aneja ma’am,
    This is Great initiative on Dual scholarship to the girl students of Uttarakhand reflects upon UPES commitments towards, Uttarakhand, our society and our country.
    Salute to the initiative!

    1. Thanks a lot for your wonderful words of appreciation.This scholarship would surely enable many girls to fly high and reach for stars.0p

  24. Respect.. Salute to Upes team and Faculty, not all girs are allowed to enjoy the freedom of higher studies and chasing their dreams. This step will surely help the women in our country to chase thier dreams and become independent.
    Mulgi Shikli Pragati Zali …. If a Girl is educated progress is assured

    1. Oh wow! appreciation from a young budding star like you is happiness.
      Thanks a lot for so much of encouragement.
      We truly cherish our strong bonds with alumni like you.

  25. It is pertinent to mention that status of female will be uplifted in time to come with such initiatives by UPES of Dual Scholarship to girls of Uttarakhand, This will give opportunities to all girls to pursue higher education.
    A great opportunity , much appreciation to UPES leadership for this philanthropic initiative.

    1. It is really overwhelming to see so much of support coming in from every where.
      Yes we all need to come together to support the cause of women empowerment and girl education.

  26. A great initiative by UPES will it motivate thousands of girls to study who were not able to study because of Financial problems.

    1. Agreed dear vaibhav, In india parents prefer investing money in a girl’s wedding rather than her education.
      This dual scholarship under Shakti, will pave road to higher education for girls of Uttarakhand.

  27. I wish…i would have got the same opportunity in my time….there is a grt need to empower women….

    applause to this remarkable initiative ….👏👏👏👏👏👏🙏🙏🙏

    1. Yeah in our times there were no such support. We should be really happy for this generation as things are changing for good.
      This unique initiative of UPES would help many girls to pursue higher education.

  28. So proud of UPES, the way it is encouraging girls to take up higher education by providing such huge fee concession. Great initiative by UPES and team Shakti !

  29. Its a very good effort taken by the university to empower young girls aspiring for higher education.
    This initiative is definitely gonna bring the change in the society.
    Great going @UPES 👍

    1. Yes Yuvraj! The Shakti initiative aims to change the world for good.
      Working for women empowerment and supporting girl education is a concern we are committed to.

    1. Thanks Shiva, i remember our discussion on woman empowerment and gender diversity.
      Thanks for your valid inputs.
      Keep inspiring!

  30. An excellent effort by Team Shakti of UPES. Initiatives like these will create a huge impact in our society.

  31. Another commendable push by UPES in The direction of women empowerment is praiseworthy. It feels fabulous to have been associated with such a fantastic organisation. You deserve a huge applause Preeti ma’am for putting it all together in such a comprehensive manner.

    1. Dear Sonali ma’am, gratitude for your words of encouragement!
      Compliments from a woman of substance like you is a sheer delight.
      Thank you🙏

  32. Its just Wow!! Great article to empower the girls education at UPES, Dehradun. Really wonderful..

  33. What a way to boost the morale of girls and women ,India will become world power bcoz of these kind of thoughts inbuilt into the system of institutions and universities

    1. Dear Rohit thanks for your kind words. Yes you are right empowerment of girls through education would contribute in the development of the country at large.

  34. These all articles are amazing as the writing skills also add value to each line.Those who all written these has outdone their self.

    1. Thanks Shruti, all these articles by contributed by Students, faculty members and industry experts. Please keep watching this space for lot more quality blogs.

  35. Excellent, Cres de la cres!

    UPES has always been a harbinger in quality education with human centric approach and nonpareil initiatives like SHAKTI – an epitome of virtue towards women empowerment .
    Beautifully written .

    1. Thank you so much! appreciation from an expert like you is an honour.
      Yeah UPES has been a torchbearer of value based education and would continue striving towards excellence.

  36. Good to see my college taking such bold and much needed initiativsles. I hope other universities would take some inspiration too.

  37. This initiative of UPES is like too good to be true..!! Felt deep pleasure after reading it and appreciate the aesthetic job done by the author..!!

  38. As always UPES leads the way and offers a wonderful opportunity to the Girls who will join the University and establish their successful career .
    Shakti as the word states is one of the pathbreaking initiative and encourages Girl power .
    UPES stands Tall.
    Dr Karunakar Jha

    1. Thank you so much Dr Jha, yes dual
      scholarship initiative is a path-breaking idea and would prove to be a milestone.

  39. Great initiative and a great article!

    UPES is the torch bearer of contribution to society by way of empowering women!

  40. A great initiative towards the upliftment of women’s and girls in our society. The article provides a great sense of diversity, which itself is followed by the University. A truly great initiative and a power packed contribution.

  41. Great initiative and nicely written..Without an education, these girls from Uttarakhand is often marry and have children at a young age, work in unpaid or low paying positions, and rely on their husbands or families for economic support. Without an education, their futures and their families’ futures are limited.

    Education is the key to women’s empowerment. Through it, women have better access and opportunities in the workforce, leading to increased income and less isolation at home or exclusion from financial decisions. With an education, women are able to live their dreams by pursuing their own goals and values.

    UPES is doing great by empowering women by giving concession in fee..It will surely increase girls admission from Uttarakhand

  42. Commendable initiative by UPES which will give wings to girls in our society and will help them out in realising their true potential.

    Great article mam…..may this initiative brings light into the life of unprivileged girls….and for sure your article gonna have deep impact and motivate them.

    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Dear Priyanshu , Shakti Initiative aims to empower women from classroom to boardroom.
      Dual scholarship to girls of Uttarakhand would be a great contribution in that regard.

  43. Wonderful step taken by the University to empower women. In the times, where woman needs most support. It is UPES, which has taken a pratical step for such a noble cause. Kudos to UPES

  44. Great concept…. commendable work….and the thought and intentions behind the whole initiative…..very noble and brave…fantastic efforts dear Preeti……..Kudos to u and ur team…………..♥️

  45. Admirable initiative by UPES for girls this a precious gift for all girl candidates who wish to study and cam afford now.
    Congratulations to the UPES team for SHAKTI

  46. Really an excellent initiative and more so at the time of COVAD where all activities at low pace but UPES leading from front and making extraordinary to happen so simply is a master stroke by doing.and generating wonderful decision making force.
    Very well articulated.in this Article.

  47. This is a good time for upscaling your potential and In these Times of uncertainty, I must say that Upes’s have given me full potential to regroup my strength and I’m the beneficiary of this. The research oriented studies and business case studies have taken these post graduate courses to next level and I hope it will get better with time.
    Thanks Upes and all the faculty members at SOB and other related faculties.

    Rahul R

    1. Hearing from our alumni is always a pleasure.
      Thanks Rahul for so much of encouragement and appreciation.
      N Yes we are committed towards giving the best to our students.
      Keep supporting🙏

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