The Indian Institute of Technology of India (IIT) recorded a better representation of women this year from 8% in 2016 to 9.3% in 2017.
The percentage increase in the proportion of women in IIT comes one year before the implementation of a plan by the IIT Council to increase the number of seats reserved for women.
In 2026, the IITs are planning to increase the proportion of female students and 20% of total places. There are no reserved seats for female students at the IIT far.
In absolute terms, 1,018 women enrolled in the IIT this year compared to 840 years past, an increase of 21%. Of these, IIT, Delhi recorded a significant increase of 30% – 70 to 93.
Starting next year, the number should be even higher because the additional seats were reserved for women.
An ITI number focused on women candidates. After the establishment of a special telephone line for them and the establishment of a help desk to answer several questions.
To increase the number of girls on campus, IIT Delhi organized an on campus interaction with students who had passed the Advanced JEE.
In addition to in-person interactions, there were also email and telephone inquiries. “The response has been very positive.
The idea was mainly to encourage girls to participate in an IIT and doubts or fears that they or their parents might have over any IIT zone in Delhi, “said Prof. Shalini Gupta, who coordinates the interaction.
In addition, it was found that in the past, many qualified female JEE did not have access to IIT because they did not meet enough options this year, IIT Kharagpur, through their assistance, students helped provide such information.
The proportion of women in IIT has fluctuated in recent years, from 8.8% in 2014 to 9.3% this year.
IITs are among the best institutes in India and consistently rank in global surveys, but are affected by an insignificant number of students, considered the belief of Indian society that men are better suited for technical work.
“While the Delhi IIT already has a large student population graduating this year, according to the estimates of the second orientation cycle, we can expect a 30% increase in the number of graduates.
The cosmopolitan ambience on campus and the integration of student activities that offer comprehensive overall growth, especially for students through a variety of additional and co-curricular opportunities, make it a very desired destination for girls Says director of IIT Delhi Prof V Ramgopal Rao.
At the Roorkee IIT, the total number of female candidates showed an increase with the acceptance of seats for women from 84 in 2016 to 91 in 2017.
“A web page is designed and maintained on our IITR server to help candidates. In addition, the attendance was also launched.
Female faculty participated with enthusiasm and mobile faculties of different departments have been made available to all candidates for further research, “said Professor Ajit K Chaturvedi, director of IIT Roorkee.