It was started at the initiative of Mrs Usha Bubna. On her retirement she was known and respected by many students as lecturer in Economics - who was a source of inspiration to young women. Loreto College Women’s Cell was set up in September 1996 with the objective of providing non-formal education to girls who have had no opportunity to go to school. The Cell began with 14 girls from the Vocational Center of Loreto College. The main thrust was on literacy. Numbers increased quickly and several students wanted to learn Spoken English, which would enable them to apply for jobs. Gradually, some students opted for more formal studies. The Women’s Cell began to conduct classes for the National Open School Secondary Board, while the students were registered through Loreto Convent, Entally. So far, about 10 students have successfully cleared the examination. As students complete these examinations, they become eligible to opt for college. Currently, the total number of students is about 40, of which 10 are studying for the National Open School examinations, while others follow the non-formal educational programme. Selected students are also given computer education at the Mary Ward Computer Center of Loreto College. Teachers in the Women’s Cell are all voluntary workers, comprising some college staff, retired staff, alumnae and some friends of Loreto College. Funds are raised from Loreto College and a few donations. The Women’s Cell provides free education for all students, including stationery and snacks.