The UGC has planned to facilitate students to become self-reliant and also to develop better co-operation and leadership skill through EWYL scheme. The main objective of the scheme is to develop a student as a multifaceted personality with academic excellence and a commitment to an egalitarian society. India lives in her villages and to bridge the gap between rural Bharat and urban India, this scheme is basically undertaken for the benefit of students coming from the rural areas, who are intelligent, meritorious and economically backward but cannot afford higher education, needy and financially hard pressed. It inculcates in the student the idea that no work is big or small and develops a work culture with the right aptitude. This is a vision of keeping our youth gainfully employed as well as to contribute to civil society. This is a paradigm shift in the way we see higher education. This will make higher education accessible and available to the poor, meritorious and the marginalized.
The IECD has been implementing the scheme since its inception by engaging the potential students of Bharathidasan University for its programmes. Students may apply under the said scheme to IECD for working in different areas. The spare time of each student selected will be fully utilized not only for their individual growth and development but also overall development of the society at large. Remuneration as decided by the IECD with the approval from its Executive Committee is awarded to students and also each student is issued with an experience certificate by the IECD, when the students completed their studies at the University. It is worth to mention that IECD has been giving opportunities to a minimum of five-ten students per academic year to serve at IECD for the past five years.
The beneficiaries under this scheme are provided with a consolidated honorarium of Rs.2500 to 4000 p.m. depending upon their output in their assigned task.