Realizing Aspirations, Interests and Brilliance of Young Women in Indian Universities


Women’s economic activity is rooted mainly in socio-cultural, historical, physiological and economic considerations. Hence, looking at women’s employment from the labour market point of view alone is not enough. The society needs to look at this problem with the intentions of introducing a transactional as well as transformational intervention at socio- cultural, political and economic levels.

Researchers noted that understanding differences among women is critical to crafting policy and making public investments that meet their needs and expand their choices and opportunities. Hence, this project has a wider impact and multiplier effect. Professional education is considered to be the entry pass for starting one’s career. Living in urban areas provide a certain level of opportunities and support services that are very crucial for young women to start and continue their careers even when family and society expects women to play many other roles as well.

Therefore, to support women and develop structures within universities that allow women to follow their careers, RAINBOW aims at implementing centres in the existing structures of the participating Indian project partners. These centres are expected to serve as a career counselling and guidance centres for young women.

Main Aims of RAINBOW
  • To examine the influence of perceived career barriers and support young women’s career planning in the university system and outside.
  • To design and implement applicable frameworks that intervene and counsel young women of both environments.
  • To install the capacities (RAINBOW Centres) in the participating Indian universities to counsel young women in the designed framework.
  • To Identify regulations and create awareness of best practices and models operating in EU HEIs for capacity building of young women in the university system and outside of it.
  • To develop materials and training programmes for women associations and agencies working for young women in the unprivileged social stratum.
Target Groups of RAINBOW
  • Women counsellors and women who have full time enrolment in Indian university education or are alumni of these universities
  • Counsellors and associations / NGOs working on women empowerment and inclusion and their clients
Main Outcomes of RAINBOW
  • Development of the intervention and counselling Methodology
  • Creation of career counselling and guidance centres
  • Developing materials and conducting train-the-trainer programmes
  • Providing and evaluating counselling services in India
Project Partners
  • FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, AUSTRIA
  • University of Jyväskylä, FINLAND
  • Incoma, SPAIN
  • Birla Institute of Management Technology, INDIA
  • NIRMA University, INDIA
  • Sir Padampat Singhania University, INDIA

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