Building a cognizant mindset towards a more sustainable lifestyle

CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women

(Established by Govt. of Delhi vide Act 9 of 2012)

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Introduction

The Education Mentoring Programme, under the Youth for Education initiative of the Government of NCT of Delhi, was launched to abridge the chasmic gap between male and female representation in the STEM workforce.
It has been observed that the female dropout rate from STEM after senior secondary schooling is astronomically high due to a plethora of social and economical reasons. This has led to a skewed STEM demographic, birthed from discrimination and prejudice. Women have been deprived of opportunities and resources to pursue STEM because society, at large, questioned their scientific calibre. As we strive towards an equitable and holistic society, it is imperative that we also let go of such unfair notions and provide women with the previously gate-kept support and guidance.

This Programme endeavours to integrate more and more young school girls into the strata of STEM Higher Education by imparting guidance through hand holding initiatives of college students. Continuous aid can help bolster one’s morale and assist them in soaring towards their goals. Through EMP, IGDTUW hopes to harness the true potential of countless girls aspiring to enter the STEM field and inculcate strong skills into their students. EMP aims to establish a dynamic relationship between the Mentor and Mentee where there is mutual growth and development.

"It was an excellent program as I, for the first time in my life, became able to communicate with another person with whom I shared my dreams and my views towards my passion. The most amazing thing for me was that it was the first time, ki kisine mujhe encourage kiya psychology me career banane k liye. I'm now very motivated and confident. I'm grateful to all of you. Thank you very much, I'm not going to let all your efforts go in vain. It's my promise, I'll give my 100% and become a responsible citizen of our country."
-Anjali Vishwakarma (Mentee)

Launching of EMP

Education Mentoring Programme was launched on March 20, 2021 by Hon'ble Deputy CM of Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia.
The Launch Event was accompanied by a Q and A Session and Deputy CM's address. Different exhibition stalls were also prepared by IGDTUW students. Different teams of Mentor Leaders were deployed for implementation of the launch event.

All Mentor Leaders were continuously briefed by the Core Faculty Members as well as officials from CMO.
The Education Mentoring Programme endeavors to integrate more and more young school girls into the strata of STEM Higher Education by imparting guidance through hand holding initiatives of college students. Continuous aid helps bolster one’s morale and assists them in soaring towards their goals.
The Education Mentoring Programme was launched to abridge the chasmic gap between the male and female representation in the STEM workforce. Through the efforts of IGDTUW students, we aim to contribute towards fixing the skewed STEM demographic, birthed from discrimination and prejudice.

Programme

The Education Mentoring Program (EMP) at IGDTUW is a dynamic initiative that facilitates mentorship relationships between university students and schoolgirls from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The program seeks to empower these schoolgirls in grades IX to XII by inspiring them to pursue higher education, with a particular focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. EMP is a comprehensive platform that not only imparts academic guidance but also nurtures values like empathy, compassion, and perseverance.

Goal

EMP's primary goal is to bridge the gender gap in STEM education by motivating and supporting schoolgirls from underprivileged backgrounds. By developing one-on-one mentorship relationships, the program aspires to empower these girls, nurturing their self-confidence and academic performance, thus opening doors to higher education opportunities. The ultimate aim is to create a more inclusive and equitable society by fostering a deep-seated belief in the significance of women's participation in STEM fields.

Intervention Area

The program operates in the Delhi region and targets schoolgirls in grades IX to XII who come from economically weaker sections of society. These girls often face challenges accessing quality education and lack awareness about opportunities in STEM fields. EMP intervenes directly in their lives, providing mentorship, academic support, and personal growth, offering the skills and knowledge needed to pursue higher education in STEM disciplines.

Implementation Strategy Executive Echelon

EMP's implementation strategy is structured around different teams, ensuring a well-organized approach. The program is overseen by the Project Management Unit (PMU) led by IGDTUW's Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, which provides overarching guidance. Mentor Leaders, highly motivated students, undertake extensive training and facilitate the training of Mentors, who, in turn, engage directly with the Mentees.

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Executive Echelon followed at IGDTUW for EMP Implementation

  • PMU: This core faculty unit oversees the program's operations. Mentor Leaders: These individuals guide and train Mentors and manage the program's day-to-day activities.
  • Mentor Leaders: Assist the Mentors through provision of resources and information. Continuously track and evaluate the Mentor’s progress.
  • Mentors: University students who establish one-to-one mentorship relationships with the schoolgirls, offering academic support and personal growth.
  • Mentees: Schoolgirls in grades IX to XII who benefit from the mentorship, academic guidance, and exposure to STEM education.

By nurturing these interlocking teams, EMP ensures a well-rounded and effective mentorship program that drives lasting change for the schoolgirls and enriches the university students' own learning experience.

Timeline Establishment & Expansion

  • Jan 2021
    Conceptualisation and Proposal Formulation by IGDTUW Faculty
  • Feb 2021

    Scheme Design

    • Initial Ideation Meeting
    • Finalisation of Proposal and Budget
    • Mapping of Mentors and Mentees
    • Zone-Wise Allocation of Mentors and Mentees
  • Mar 2021

    Selection of Mentor Leaders

    • Preparation for Launch Programme
    • Invitation to Stakeholders
    • Generation of Resource Materials
    • Preparation of SOP for Mentors
    • Generation of Forms for Baseline Survey
    • Division of Mentor Leaders into Respective Teams
    • Gearing Up for Implementation
  • Apr 2021

    Project Roll-Out

    • Analysis of Baseline Survey, Bonding Between Mentors and Mentees
    • Tackling Problems in Real Time
  • July 2021 Onwards
    Launch of Desh ke Mentor Aplication

Pilot Phase Launch 01 APR 2021 - 31 AUG 2021

232

Number of Mentors

900

Number of Mentees

11,760

Number of Calls Made

Impact on EMP/DKM

Phase 1: SEP 2021 - DEC 2021

563

Number of Mentors

1,841

Number of Mentees

12,531

Number of Calls Made

Phase 2: JAN 2022 - JUL 2022

1,166

Number of Mentors

4,791

Number of Mentees

76,656

Number of Calls Made

Impact Assestment Impact on Mentors

The Mentors from IGDTUW were regularly evaluated through Base-line as well as End-line Survey to track their progress and understand the impact felt by them during the course of Education Mentoring Programme.

Awareness

  • Before
    After
  • Aware of the academic needs of students in STEM
    Before
    27%
    After
    96%
  • Aware of the challenges faced by women
    Before
    30%
    After
    98%
  • Need for addressing social issues
    Before
    17%
    After
    98%
  • Women empowerment is vital for a better society
    Before
    22%
    After
    99%

Personality Development

  • Before
    After
  • Improved Emotional Quotient
    Before
    34%
    After
    98%
  • Better understanding of social responsibilities
    Before
    23%
    After
    98%
  • Enhanced Social Leadership skills
    Before
    40%
    After
    99%
  • Overcame prejudice and bias
    Before
    35%
    After
    98%

Communication Skills

  • Before
    After
  • Developed Empathetic Listening
    Before
    21%
    After
    99%
  • Better Self Expression
    Before
    37%
    After
    100%
  • Comfort Felt with the Mentees While Communicating
    Before
    42%
    After
    95%

Time Management

  • Before
    After
  • Improved Time Management Skills
    Before
    35%
    After
    94%

Impact on Mentees

The Mentees (Female Students) from various Delhi Government Schools were regularly evaluated through Base-line as well as End-line Survey to track their progress and understand the impact felt by them during the course of the Education Mentoring Programme.

Awareness

  • Before
    After
  • Increased Awareness about Future Goals
    Before
    39%
    After
    99%
  • Increased Awareness about Timeline of Target Exams
    Before
    38%
    After
    91%
  • Increased Awareness about Syllabus of Target Exams
    Before
    35%
    After
    97%
  • Increased Awareness about Paper Patterns
    Before
    21%
    After
    99%
  • Increased Awareness about Resources for Target Exams
    Before
    18%
    After
    96%
  • Increased Awareness about Mocktests for Target Exams
    Before
    22%
    After
    96%
  • Increased Awareness about Financial Support Availability
    Before
    07%
    After
    54%

Personality Development

  • Before
    After
  • Better Self Expression Skills
    Before
    31%
    After
    95%
  • Increased Ambition for Pursuit of Higher Education
    Before
    28%
    After
    94%

Communication Skills

  • Before
    After
  • Enhanced Communication Skills
    Before
    42%
    After
    97%
  • Increased Ability to Develop Friendship Bond with The Mento
    Before
    43%
    After
    93%
  • Enhanced Active Listening Skills
    Before
    33%
    After
    95%

Time Management

  • Before
    After
  • Increased Ability to Manage Time Efficiently
    Before
    38%
    After
    96%
  • Awareness About Effective Timetables for Preparation
    Before
    29%
    After
    96%
  • Better Preparation Using Timetables
    Before
    23%
    After
    93%

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