IITs to add 20% seats to get in more women

The move is aimed at improving the poor enrollment of women in the IITs.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 16, 2017 4:47 am
IIT, IIT women reservation, IIT women, women enrollment IIT, IIT news, education news, india news In 2014, 8.8 per cent women were admitted; the figure went up to 9 per cent in 2015, but dropped to 8 per cent in 2016.

THE INDIAN Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to introduce a supernumerary quota for women from 2018 to improve the gender composition of their classrooms. The decision to introduce 20 per cent additional seats, exclusively for women, was taken at a meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of the IITs on Saturday afternoon. The implementation of this will be staggered over three years — 14 per cent additional seats in 2018, 17 per cent in 2019, and 20 per cent in 2020.

“The 20 per cent supernumerary quota will kick in only if the admission of female candidates to a course is abysmally low. For instance, if there are 100 seats and only 10 of them have been taken by women, then the institute will add 20 per cent seats over and above the actual strength, but only for women. The effort will be to lower the cut-off till these extra seats are filled up by women,” said an HRD official, who did not want to identified.

The move is aimed at improving the poor enrollment of women in the IITs. In 2014, 8.8 per cent women were admitted; the figure went up to 9 per cent in 2015, but dropped to 8 per cent in 2016.

Meanwhile, the Joint Seat Allocation Authority or JOSAA, which looks into matters related to joint counselling of IITs and NITs, also met on Saturday and decided that these institutes will hold seven rounds of admission counselling this year. Students who do not join their chosen course after the fourth round will have to forfeit 50 per cent of their admission fees. Last year, IITs and NITs had conducted six rounds of counselling.

IITs and NITs have also been asked to review the popularity of their courses and report any seat cut they wish to implement for any programme to the JOSAA by next week. These measures are aimed at reducing the number of seats which fall vacant every year. Last year, almost 3,000 seats across 23 IITs, 32 NITs and some centrally-funded technical institutions remained vacant despite six rounds of joint counselling. Of these, 73 seats were vacant at the IITs and 1,518 at the NITs.

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  1. O
    Apr 16, 2017 at 10:29 pm
    What is this supernumerary? Are they going to peep through the windows sitting on seats hanging from ropes outside? Why not increase the total no. of seats by 20 and provide 20 reservation for girls in each category? Indirectly reducing OBC and SC/ST reservation. That's the objective, we are not so foolish
    1. A
      Apr 18, 2017 at 7:08 pm
      Dude, this move won't change the number of seats for all the current categories and neither would it affect any of the cutoffs. You can continue to enjoy your false sense of en lement to reservation to the fullest. This is coming from a General Male currently studying in IIT-Kharagpur and I'm fed up of this .
    2. Lee Juang
      Apr 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm
      1. B
        Apr 17, 2017 at 9:39 am
        Make that an upper-caste male. Do 1 thing. Migrate abroad. Deprive the country of your skills and capabilities. That's the best way of getting back to the country that took away so much from you.
      2. precluder blogg
        Apr 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm
        The IIT selection process is already gender neutral. Computer systems don't discriminate the aspirants by their gender. They simply evaluate the performance of the candidate in the exam. BJP government is following Congress in creating injustice to male candidates who work day and night to get an IIT seat with this positive discrimination step. There is no need to force create gender balance. There is nothing wrong if 90 per cent of soldiers are men or when 90 per cent nurses are women. Let the people evolve their own preferences instead of forcefully adjusting the gender ratios in ins utions.
        1. Akhil Kumar
          Apr 16, 2017 at 10:40 am
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            Gomathi Raghavan
            Apr 16, 2017 at 10:36 am
            violence against women has increased in bjp central rule. women regarded as showpiece objects. everything is done to subdue women talent bioterrorism against women is rampant in the light of the above quota is election gimmic iranis sushmas ilmis can get IIT
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