Udayan Care is an institution which aims at providing opportunities to those categories of our society which have been ignored. After establishing a good hold in Delhi, the institution launched the Udayan Shalini Fellowship (UFS) programme in Vadodara for the deserving underprivileged students. The UFS programme aims at supporting children for six years until they complete their graduation. Apart from financial help, the programme also involves well-educated professionals in mentoring and developing leadership qualities in these children. This year from Vadodara, about 50 girl students have been selected.
One of the selected girls told the Times to India, “Casual approach and ignorance toward women’s health bother me. Hence I have decided to become a gynecologist.” Other students said that they feel fortunate to have such an opportunity as they never thought that coming from such a background, they will be able to study further. Udayan stated that the students are selected on the basis of multiple screening processes. These processes involve a written test, personal interviews, and home visits to ensure the authenticity of their family backgrounds. Around 160 students had appeared in the process, out of which 50 were selected.
Dr Kiran Modi, Founder and Managing Trustee of Udayan Care, stated, “Initially, the girls will be given Rs 9,000 and Rs 1,000 extra for computer classes per year for class XI and class XII. After they enroll in colleges, they will be given Rs 25,000 each per annum till they complete their graduation, said Dr. Kiran Modi, founder of the programme. We also encourage the girls to do 50 hours of social work every year through cleanliness drives and visits to homes as means of giving something back to society.”
Several high-end dignitaries like Royal family member Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad and Navrachana Education Society chairperson Tejal Amin inaugurated the first USF induction programme in Vadodara. They praised the initiative taken by Udayan Care and congratulated the team for their efforts in making these girls better citizens of the country.