Announcing 25% Scholarship to all girl students
Education across levels is the best form of empowerment that can be extended to women to positively impact the state of their being, their status and position in the society and build a solid foundation for their holistic growth and development. With an aim to create an ecosystem that empowers women and equips them with knowledge, skills and self-confidence, UPES has declared the year 2020 as the Year of Women’s Empowerment and has launched Shakti.
Despite constituting 48 per cent of India’s population, women are underrepresented in institutions of higher learning, particularly in STEM courses. Lack of financial resources is one of the major reasons that prevents girl students from pursuing quality higher education and fulfilling their dreams. To equip girls with quality education and training to boost their participation across levels, the University has, among other key initiatives, also announced an unconditional 25% scholarship on tuition fees of complete program duration to all female students applying for all under-graduate and post-graduate courses starting with the session of 2020. The University has always been committed to empowering girls by ensuring their holistic growth and development by extending support in their education and providing them with relevant exposure.
The other initiatives under Shakti include:
- Extension of the Shakti leadership development program to other universities and corporates
- Introduction of gender sensitisation programs for students and staff.
- Enhanced focus on our CSR initiatives to help the underprivileged women and girls
UPES launched Shakti on February 4, 2020. The event that was inaugurated by Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, leading actor Tisca Chopra, Sharad Mehra, Chairman — Hydrocarbons Education and Research Society, and Dr. SJ Chopra, Chancellor, UPES. The launch event also saw some eminent personalities from the industry, academia and government, including Meenakshi Gupta, Co-founder of Goonj; Talish Ray, Founding Partner at TRS Law Offices; Dr. Renu Batra, Additional Secretary of UGC; Vidhu Goyal, Founder and Partner at WONK App; Rajashree Rao, Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem (APAC) at R² Data Labs, Rolls Royce; and Dr. Vijay Kumar Singh, Dean of UPES School of Law. The discussion was moderated by Dipti Nair, Editor at Large, YourStory.
Meet our driving force
Dr Juhi Garg – Dy Director, Project Shakti
An accomplished academician, Dr Juhi Garg dons many hats at UPES!
Dr Garg has earned her Doctoral degree in the field of Management (Organisational Development) from Uttarakhand Technical University (UTU). She holds her Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal Central University (HNB), Uttarakhand and Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from IGNOU University and an Advanced Diploma in Communication and Marketing from NIS Sparta Ltd, along with few other certificates in her academic domains. She carries more than fifteen years of work experience in academia and the industry.
She has been leading Project Shakti, held the responsibility of Entrepreneurship Evangelist and Coordinator of Women Entrepreneurship Forum (WEF) for UPES Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (UCIE), acted as an Assistant Professor (Selection Grade), and represented School of Law at UCIE. A copyright holder for developing and standardizing a Psychometric tool for management and commerce students is popular by the name of Occupational Interest Schedule for Students, Institutions’ and Businesses (OIS-SIB); she is also an avid researcher and published articles internationally. Her ongoing projects include ‘Status of Single Women in the State of Uttarakhand by Centre for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPPGG) with UNDP, Border Area Development Program (BADP) and funded UPES SEED project is on OIS –LS.
A revered name in the academic circle, she is a frequent speaker and facilitated workshops at various Government and private institutions like ONGC, UJVNL, PTCUL, BRIDCUL, NIESBUD, Sri Vishwakarma Skill University, HNB Garhwal Central University, Gurukul Kangri University, KC College of Management, Mumbai, Institute of Cooperative Management (ICM), Dehradun, and Women Development Organisation (WDO). A keen sportswoman as well, she has been a National level Badminton player (U-18).
Dr Garg is a recipient of several prestigious awards including, ‘Best Paper Award’ by NITI Aayog and SRCC on the paper titled, ‘Exploring the Unexplored (A case on Manisha Pande, Managing Director- Village Ways Pvt Ltd),’ and ‘Research Award’ for 2019 at Department of Law and Management, UPES. Her diverse interests, perseverant attitude, and humble nature inspire us every day, and we wish her all the ‘Shakti’ for her future endeavours.
Shakti Talks: Juhi Garg in conversation with Apurva Purohit, President of the Jagran Group
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