Udaan is a project launched by CBSE under the guidance of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, to address the low enrolment of girl students in prestigious engineering institutions and the teaching gap between school education & engineering entrance examination. The effort is to enrich the teaching & learning of Science and Mathematics at School level by addressing the three dimensions of education – curriculum design, transaction and assessments. The objective is to provide a platform that empowers the girl students, facilitate their aspiration of joining the prestigious engineering institutions and take an important role in the development/ reduce gap/progress of the country in future. Under this program, students are provided free online resources/offline material for NCERT study material for class 11 and 12 through virtual weekend contact classes and study material while studying in Class XI and Class XII for preparation of admission test to various premier engineering colleges in the country.
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 the marginal socio-economic 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 socio-economic activities have negative repercussions for the development of the fastest growing knowledge based economy. In the 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 the 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.