BHUBANESWAR: Higher Secondary girl students of the State can apply for Udaan programme of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) by October 20.
Launched with an objective of bridging the gap in enrolment ratio of boys and girls in technical education, it specifically aims to benefit girl students from financially weaker sections.
Specialised coaching for national-level entrance tests and scholarships for further studies are the highlights of the programme, initiated by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). About 1,000-odd girl students from across the country would be selected on merit basis. Plans are on the anvil to gradually increase the number of students. A girl student of Class XI or XII, of school recognised by any board can apply. As per the eligibility criteria, a student should have scored at least 80 per cent marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in Class XI or XII and minimum 70 per cent in Class X. The selected students would be provided online and offline study material to assist them in their examination preparation besides t ablets to access the online study material.
On completion of the programme, those who manage to get admission into any premier technical institute like IIT or NIT, will be provided financial assistance by MHRD. CBSE Bhubaneswar Regional Director AS Verma said at present the boy-girl enrolment ratio is roughly 54:46 in Bhubaneswar region. The selected students will also get a chance to attend a two-day workshop in Delhi.