Number of female students getting enrolled in prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in various undergraduate programmes has increased this year. This has happened following a directive from the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to IITs asking them to rework on their gender diversity numbers. The directive had asked these institutes to enroll at least 14 per cent female students from the 2018 academic session. The MHRD suggested that IITs should created supernumerary seats to increase the number of girl students getting enrolled in the institutes. The idea behind the directive was to restore a gender balance among premier colleges.
According to a report in TOI, most of the IITs have fulfilled the criterion and many have enrolled around 17 per cent female students in 2018.
Number of girl students getting enrolled in IIT Delhi has increased to 143 in 2018 as compared to just 93 last year. Similarly, IIT-Bombaby marks 15.4 per cent girl enrolment this year as compared to 10.7 per cent in 2017.
IIT-Madras enrolled 144 girls, IIT-BHU got 146 and IIT-Roorkee got 148 enrolments this year. The number of students taking admissions in these institutes in 2017 were 119, 75 and 80 respectively.
The MHRD had asked IITS to create an additional 779 supernumerary seats for female students.