UDAAN Project for Girl Students of Class XI and Class XI:CBSE invites Girl Students from all the Boards of India t participate in UDAAN and it is program to give wing to girl students and Menotoring of Girl Students to Compete for Admission at Premier Engineering Colleges.
Udaan, the Central Board of Secondary Education’s new scheme, is to mentor girl students to prepare for admission to premier engineering colleges such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and National Institutes of Technology (NIT). This project or scheme to address the teaching gap between school education and engineering entrance as also to enrich the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics at School level, the CBSE is launching, a project to provide free online resources to girl students of Class XI and Class XII for preparation of admission test for the premier engineering colleges in the country.
The special focus of project Udaan is to address the low enrollment ratio of girl students in these prestigious institutions and to enable girl students to receive special incentives and suppor t so that they can join these institutions and go on to take leadership roles in the future.
Importance of the Scheme/Project
India has made significant progress towards improving access to quality education and in promoting gender equity. Yet girls are under-represented in good quality institutions of higher education and many professional courses. Besides this, it is widely recognized that girls from marginal socioeconomic background are at a double disadvantage due to compounded effect of gender and social influences. This gender-gap and poor participation of girls and women in socioeconomic activities have negative repercussions for the development of fastest growing knowledge based economy. In field of science and technology, girl students are further under represented. Proactive steps, focused approach and additional measures are needed to promote women’s participation in these fields. One of the significant reasons is resource limitation that leads to preferential expenses on the education of male child.
Closing the gender gap in all spheres of education is one of the important benchmarks for development. It is envisaged that Udaan will help bridge this gap by improving the socioeconomic status of girls and women through increased participation in professional education. Girls’ education does not only increase their abilities to deal with the problems of her personal and professional life, but the educational achievements of women can have ripple effects in the societal transformation efforts. Nurturing scientific talent and addressing gender equity is crucial to meeting country’s sustainable development goals.
UDAAN Project Objective:
The objective of this project is to enable girl students to soar to higher education from schools, and to eventually take various leadership roles in future. The project aims at addressing the lower enrollment of girls in engineering colleges. The aim is also to enrich and enhance teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics at Senior Secondary level by providing free and online resources to everyone, with a focus on special incentives
and support to 1000 selected girls per year.
UDAAN Project Special Features
Udaan is designed to provide a comprehensive platform to deserving girl students who aspire to pursue
higher education in engineering, and assist them to prepare for the entrance examinations while studying in Classes XI and XII.
The following are the salient features of this program
Free of cost
Suppor t for Girls from Class XI and Class XII
Preparatory material through an online por tal
Tutorials, videos, study material
Virtual contact classes
Tablets provided with preloaded content to allow 24×7 learning
Orientation Session on using technology will be given to all selected students
Assessments designed to provide useful feedback on learning and leading to accrual of points
Remedial steps to correct learning
Peer learning and mentoring oppor tunity for meritorious students leading to accrual of additional points
Points accrued during assessments and mentoring activities to be conver ted to money used for fees,
if selected in IITs and NITs
Motivation sessions with students/parents
Student help line to clarify doubts, monitor student learning and suppor t technology
Constant monitoring and tracking of student progress with feedback to parents
Assistance in application to colleges
In the first year, 1000 girl students from across the country will be selected to join this program. 50% enrollment will be under the general category and 50% will be from the SC/ST/Backward Class category. These students will get free of cost support to enable them in preparation for the IIT-JEE entrance examination.
Methodology of UDAAN
The selected students will have access to an online portal which will be organized on the basis of Class XI and XII with three subject streams – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. This portal will have content in the form of videos, tutorials and text. Concepts will be organized based on the learning taking place in the classroom as per the syllabus of Class XI and XII. Students will also have the same content available to them downloaded on a mobile device to allow them to study in an offline format also.
Before embarking on the program, these students will undergo a technology orientation session to make them technology friendly and get comfortable with using the mobile device and also the online content.
Once logged in, student progress will be monitored and tracked and periodic contact classes will enable face to face update on the progress made. Assessments will also be built into the learning process and will allow monitoring of student learning. Students will have interactive groups where they will be able to interact with their peers and teachers.
A helpline will allow the students to clarify their doubts and concerns at any point and have immediate assistance available.
Based on the performance of the students in the periodic assessment conducted, they will accrue points which will be converted into money. This money will be available to the students once they get selected into a college on the approved list. If a student fails to get admission, the money will be put back into the general pool to assist other students.