What can be termed as a mighty boost to girl education in India, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar (IIT-BBS) has seen a steep rise in girl students taking admission in the institute. This year, the number has touched 15 per cent mark. According to the official, last year the number was only 9 per cent. "This is an all-time record admission in terms of girls in our institute in the last ten year. With an aim to reduce gender-gap and to provide equity of access to female students the institute has included 22 supernumerary seats for girls in different BTech courses, which led to the overall rise in number of girls in the courses," said director of IITBBS, Prof Raja Kumar told TOI.
"The ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has decided to increase the seats for girls in IITs with an aim to increase the percentage of women students to 14 per by 2026. I am quite hopeful that we will achieve it sooner," said Raja Kumar added. The official further added that of the total 354 BTech seats, 55 are girls this year including 19 supernumerary seats while last year of the total 338 seats, 32 were girls.
There has also been a drastic rise in the number of seats in courses like MSc, MTech and PhD programmes over the previous years by 7%, 15% and 95%, respectively. Among the undergraduate courses computer science, electronic and communication, electrical engineering are the most sought after subjects.
"In IIT Bhubaneswar better ranked students joined this year compared to last year by about 300 ranks. In fact, till two years back the closing ranks for admissions have been falling continuously. Last year, the institute recorded a first time improvement in ranks by a small margin. This time, the improvement is by as many as 300 ranks, despite increased seats and it is it is very significant," said Raja Kumar.