This year, 135 girls students were able to cracked the JEE main 2017 exam with the help of the CBSE's project Udaan.
The scheme was launched by the CBSE in order to fill the gap between the school education and engineering entrance exam.
Under the scheme, the government provides assistant to the girls who score 70 percent or above in exams and 80 percent in science and mathematics. The beneficiary of the scheme receives free of cost tutorials, mentoring from teachers, lectures and study material to prepare for the engineering entrance examinations.
To further strengthen the program, CBSE also organized virtual classes in 60 designated cities. The main aim of the project is to encourage the meritorious girls students to take science and mathematics as subjects of higher study instead of soft subjects.
“The scheme relies on latest technology which gives ease of learning to a girl student without having to step out of her home on a daily basis. The study materials are pre-loaded on tablets and made convenient with mobile applications,” CBSE Chairman RK Chaturvedi said.
Last year, 143 girls successfully cleared the exams under this scheme.
“It has seen that the participation of girl students in engineering entrance examinations as compared to boys is much lower. More than 75 percent of the registered candidates are boys. The idea is to mainstream girl students and prepare them for future leadership roles by removing social, economic or cultural constraints,” Chaturvedi said.
The scheme is limited to the students whose families have annual income less than 6 lakhs.