PROJECT TITLE : Training and skill development program for the girls students of SC/ST, Minority and Poor (BPL) Families
ABOUT THE PROJECT : Education is the most powerful weapon through which one can use to change the world, said Nelson Mandela, the former Head of South Africa and the leader of the struggle against apartheid. However, education opens the doors of knowledge, wisdom, and skills, with the outside world, that can be transferred from generation to generation. Especially for the women education is a tool of liberation and medium to gain self-sustainability and self-respect in the society. In India the participation of women in Technical trades is very low. In 2001, 22% of the students admitted to B.Tech / B.E. programmes in India were women. The corresponding percentage for M.Tech / M.E. was 16% and PhD was about 17%. In the US the percentage of bachelor's degrees in engineering awarded to women in 2006 was 19.3% of the total, masters degrees were 22.5% of the total and doctoral degrees were 20.2% of the total. In the UK in 2003-4 about 14% of the full-time undergraduates in Engineering were women while 20% of the postgraduates were women. The percentages of women engineer at the llTs and the NITS are significantly lower than the national average. In 2005 at 11T Bombay the percentage of women graduates to the total is about 8% at the Bachelors (B.Tech) level, 9% at the masters (M.Tech) level and about 17% at the Doctoral level (including science, humanities and management 116]. Similar disparities exist in the faculty. As an example, about 10% of the 11T Bombay faculty are women.
Women need to be trained and should be provided the opportunity to take on the higher and technical education. But, it remains a dream for many girls to get admission and get trained in reputed institutions, especially for the girls from the rural remote area. To make the condition even worse, the education system in India is not competent enough to meet the market needs. In its report to the Nation, the Knowledge commission of India admitted that most of the engineering graduates and diploma holders even lack the skills of a student of Higher Secondary level.The condition of SC/ST and Minority students is even worse. They not only need skill training but also need proper coaching and guidance to survive in the competition with the best. Those girls coming from the rural backgrounds and poor families need special attention to compete.
THE PROPOSED PROJECT : Under the proposed project SERI TRUST will provide counselling, coaching and guidance to the girls who wish to take admissions in Engineering and similar diploma courses. Also, SERI will train the beneficiaries in life skills, like manners and etiquettes, English speaking and pronunciations. Also, these beneficiaries will be availed training in computers. This will help them not only to secure their admission in best of the colleges in Diploma Engineering/Polytechnic and B.Tech courses but also they will sustain and compete with other students with better social and financial backgrounds. The Proposed project is to help the students, prepare themselves mentally, educationally, technically and socially too. Also, the project is to boost the morale and remove the complexes from the students of weaker sections of the societies The proposed project by Socio Economic Research Institute (SERI Trust) will address the educational demands of the rural poor, destitute and the marginalized segments of the society.
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Beneficiaries: Primary beneficiaries of the project will be 200 girl students belonging to