What is SuMargadarshak?
SuMargadarshak is the scholarship and mentoring program to support the transition from college to university. An extension of SuKalp, its focus is on the formative teen years and fosters a safe, supportive environment where teens can know and express themselves, and be guided towards better shores.
Who is it for?
The program is for students from economically backward families. A 2016 UNESCO report states college enrollment reduces by 25% compared to 10th grade. Students from the background we support make a great journey to complete primary school education. As these students move from small institutions to the larger world they need continuous mentoring so they keep up the momentum and evolve into excellent students as well as strong, confident individuals.
What's our philosophy?
Students of SuMargadarshak get training in their college curriculum. Besides this, they also receive classes in personality development, values, goal-setting, confidence, social responsibility, dealing with anxiety, stress and anger, and many more. We also encourage students to take a ‘gap year’ after high school so they can travel, learn ‘out of classroom’ skills, and become life-ready, before entering college.
Where are we headed?
In the next five years, we would like to grow this program to 500 deserving students across India.
How is SuMargadarshak implemented?
A list of eligible students is prepared for mentoring support
Selected students comply with the regulations of SuMargadarshak
Induction and inauguration of the program in the beginning of the academic year
Monthly mentoring and capacity building programs to help students cope with the college education and environment
Life skills training to increase self-awareness, deal with others, and cope with ups and downs
Weekly personal coaching classes by mentors to enhance academic knowledge
Mandatory community service through various activities
Internship opportunities for students keen on activities like filmmaking, farming, writing, etc.
Post College Support
Guidance to get a job and support family members
Facilitation of a gap year for willing students; involves being part of an international cultural exchange program