Stepping out of my village and entering the city was a big step for me. I decided to opt for a UK education because I had seen a boy from the nearby village get a scholarship with the help of an NGO. I approached them and they directed me to a British Council representative.
Why should I opt for a UK education?
97% of the students globally are satisfied with their UK education
All the courses are taught by some of the best academicians in the world
Most colleges offer scholarships to deserving meritorious students and I was among them.
What kind of Scholarships are given to students? The British Council offers scholarships to students worth a million pounds. You can visit their website to check out the different colleges that offer scholarship as well as their criteria for awarding one. Scholarships are offered for a wide range of subjects, too
What if I want to talk to other students from India?
You can have a look at the what other students have gained from a UK education and interact with the alumni, too
What are the various career options that I have?
You can study any subject you are passionate about. From Engineering, to Journalism, MBA, Film making, New media and Arts, UK colleges offer a wide range of career options to its students.
After much deliberation, I decided to opt for Gender studies in UK. Ever since I was a child, I had seen discrimination with women and girl children. While men could sit for hours in our village and gamble, women could not even spare a minute in a day to take care of themselves. Girls were killed, women were beaten, dowry was demanded, widows were ostracized quite routinely. Forget my village, even in urban areas, where the culture is more cosmopolitan, the patriarchal mentality is still to wane. The Delhi gang rape last year and the recent Mumbai gang rape are stark examples of the same. Though media outlets and large sections of the society condemn the act, a few still believe it as being incorrect for women to venture into professions that are ‘masculine’ in nature.
Those who venture out of their houses to work, be it manual labour, have to face ‘double employment’ where a woman is expected to juggle her daily chores at home along with her work. Child care facilities, looking after the elders and maintaining the house are unpaid activities that a woman is expected to perform.
Prominent women in the country and women groups find it difficult to define modernity independent of westernization. Western ideals are seen as corrupting for Indian women. A girl today can dream of becoming an IAS officer, but she must stay away from undesirable western values. Women are considered to be a parameter of defining modernity but they are not given the freedom to define what modernity truly means to them.
And that is why; I wanted to get to the root cause of this Gender Discrimination with the help of British Council.
With starry eyes, I left for my dream UK education
I could either opt for further studies or start my career in the UK
I decided to do neither. I had to return to my karmabhoomi, my village that nurtured and took care of me, to my parents who let me step out of my village, my headmaster, who believed in me and most importantly in the memory of those baby girls who died, just because they were girls.
I returned to my village to spread the message of ‘Knowledge is Great’ to the little girls and their parents. I hope my small initiative ensures that every girl in my village is given the Right to Live, Learn and Explore her full potential.