The number of girl students studying at the Indian Institutes of technology (IITs) is set to go up as official figures show that the percentage of seats secured by them this year has gone up to 15.39% compared to 9.15% in 2017.
Figures, indicate 1,858 girls have so far taken admission in these institutions.
By 2026, the ministry aims to ramp up seats to ensure the girl student population is at least 20% across each campus. “This is a big step forward in restoring gender balance in IITs.
The proportion of girls in IITs has been fluctuating over the past few years— 8.8% in 2014 to 9.15% in 2017.
The decision to increase the supernumerary seats was taken after a sub-committee of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) in 2017 pointed out that every year, even though adequate numbers of girls clear the entrance test, their enrollment rate remained low.