IITs creating extra seats for women to uplift gender ratio.
In a bid to reduce the gender gap at Indian Institutes of Technology, IITs and promote higher education in women, the Ministry of Human Resources Development, MHRD has directed the IITs to increase admissions of female candidates. As part of a cure for this, the Ministry of Human Resource Development earlier this month directed all 23 IITs to ensure that at least 14% of their seats went to women in the 2018 batch. The total number of seats across IITs would not be changed. Last year, the seats across IITs stood at 11,509. This number has not been changed or shifted. The seats were last year increase to 11, 509 from 10,988. This would continue to be the minimum number of seats at IITs, provided the seats are not increased again this year. Admissions to various courses in IITs would be done on the basis of merit list prepared from JEE Advanced 2018 results. IITs are required to ensure that there are at least 14 percent girls in the hired batch. This includes the provision of creating a supernumerary seat for girls.
For example, suppose an IIT has a total of 100 seats to offer. As per the JEE Advanced 2018 results, say 6 girls and 94 boys are invited for admissions. Now as per the provision, IIT is required to have 14 percent, female students. To fill the gap, IIT would then invite girl candidates from a separate girl only merit list to fill 8 seats. The number of boys, however, would remain constant and additional provision of 8 seats – over and above the 100 total, would be made.
Considering approximately 10% of the students enrolled at IITs last year were women, about 550 supernumerary seats would be needed to bring up the woman percentage to 14% in 20. The IIT reservation for girls doesn’t mean there will be any reduction in the number of male candidates given admission to the IITs. Since the 14 percent quota for girls will be ensured by filling supernumerary seats, it will not affect the number of admissions of male candidates in the institutes. The candidates who wish to avail the female quota in IIT courses shall have to fulfill two eligibility cum allotment criteria wherein they have to qualify the JEE Advanced 2018 exam and secondly the same shall be available strictly in accordance with the performance in the online test. No women candidate shall be entertained for the seat under women quota in IIT admissions if they fail to qualify the JEE Advanced 2018 exam as an entrance test.
Candidates must wait until the official JEE Advanced notification 2018 comes out. Watch out this space for any updates regarding IIT reservation for girls.
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