IITs, this year are registering a better response in terms of women taking admissions in the institutes as compared to last year as shown by the data. So far, women constitute 9.3 percent of the total admissions as compared to the last year which was 8 percent. The proportion of women has increased this year but, only slightly and IITs are witnessing this increase a year before rolling out of their plan of increasing the number of seats for women candidates.
By 2026, IITs are planning to increase the women seats by 20 percent of the total seats available. As of now, there are no special reserved seats for the women students in the IITs.
In order to increase the sex ration in the IITs, various IITs had put special focus on reaching out to the female candidates this year so that they can easily guide them through the admission process. As a result of the efforts, IIT-D witnessed the increase of 30 percent in the women candidate enrollment. Now, seeing the positive results of their efforts, IITs are hoping to see even better results from next academic year as extra seats have been reserved for the women candidate.
In order the increase the enrollment of the women candidates IIT-D has organized on campus interaction for the all the girls who have cleared the JEE exam. Apart from this consultation facilities were offered to them via phone and emails.
“The response was extremely positive. The idea was essentially to encourage girls to join an IIT and allay any doubts or fears that they or their parents may have had regarding pursuing any area at IIT Delhi,” Prof Shalini Gupta, who coordinated the interaction, said.
“While IIT Delhi already has a large population of female post graduate students, this year, based on the estimates from second round of counseling, we are expecting 30% increase in number of female under- graduate students. The cosmopolitan atmosphere in campus and integration of student activities that provide rich overall individual growth, especially to female students via various extra and co-curricular opportunities make it a much desired destination for girls," says IIT Delhi director Prof V Ramgopal Rao.