Harness the potential of young India

India’s growing ‘under-25’ population, including young people with disabilities , aspire for better jobs and higher incomes. Therefore, there is an urgency to educate and skill our youth and optimise them to match up to the requirements of the industry. DRF attempts to deliver high quality skilling at scale for marginalised youth apart from empowering young women to study science.


The project aims to support young, academically bright girls, especially from rural India and low socio-economic backgrounds, to pursue a career in science by offering them financial support to cover their graduation expenses in some of India’s premier science institutions. In addition, Sashakt links the scholars with senior women scientists to mentor them at every stage. The scholarship covers all three years of study for B.Sc. degree in the best colleges in the country.

We envision an increase in empowered young women enlisting for careers in science and research.


Among the Ph.D. holders in science, about 25-30% are women and the proportion in faculty is between 15-20%. At higher levels the numbers drop further.



Less than 15%

of R&D personnel in India are women. There is a steep dearth of women working in scientific research, despite them doing exceptionally well in their early years.



  • To offer scholarships to meritorious women to study undergraduate courses in natural sciences and encourage them to opt for careers in science and research
  • To provide mentorship for selected candidates to motivate and guide them at crucial stages in their career


Ritika hails from Pang village in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba District. Her father works in Forest Department and she has a younger brother who studies Grade XII. Ritika, a bright sudent, completed her Grade X from the only school in the tribal area of Pang and had to brave all opposition, which included extreme weather in winter, to join a school in Hamirpur. She did her +12 with Biology at a school with no labs or library! But that did not deter her. Her passion for science helped her to stay focused and encouraged her to look beyond the boundaries of her state to do her graduation. She wanted to move to Delhi and Sashakt scholarship made it possible for her to join Delhi University. She dreams of doing research that will make her parents proud.

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DRF 25 Years
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