IIT Admission: Women aspirants to get 4 per cent extra seats soon

29 April 2017, 10:32 AM
IIT Admissions: Women aspirants to get 4 per cent extra seats soon
IIT Admissions: Women aspirants to get 4 per cent extra seats soon

Good news for women IIT aspirants as it will soon get reserved quota. The IIT Council, which met in Mumbai on Friday has discussed on the possibility of raising the number of women students from the current annual 8-9% to 20% by 2020. "It has been decided to give admission to more girls," said HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

Ashok Misra, chairman of the standing committee of IIT Council, said, "Diversity is essential. We know that other engineering colleges have about 40-50% girls on their campuses, not the IITs though. We know that the girls who clear our JEE (Advanced) are capable and we would like them to join the IITs."

Ashok Misra, chairman of the standing committee of IIT Council, said, "Diversity is essential. We know that other engineering colleges have about 40-50% girls on their campuses, not the IITs though. We know that the girls who clear our JEE (Advanced) are capable and we would like them to join the IITs.

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The IIT Council also discussed ways to attract more foreign students and raised the issue of increasing the fee for postgraduate students. "The IITs spend Rs 1.24 lakh per annum per students, but charge Rs 20,000 a year from each student. However, a decision to that effect is still pending," a source said.

“Several measures are already in place to help students cope with anxiety, depression and pressure. We have been increasingly hiring counsellors and psychiatrists. We are seeing suicides despite such measures. The institutes will have to contemplate better solutions,” said Gautam Biswas, Director, IIT Guwahati.

However the council has also decided to transform councelling centres on the campus.One of the reforms is to increase the number of women students in IITs — currently pegged at 8 per cent — to more than 20 per cent. “Supernumerary seats will be added to institutes as need be,” said Javadekar.

Also to curb the outflow of research scholars from the country, the council has proposed incentives for PhD scholars. Fourth-year engineering students with excellent academic record will be granted a scholarship of Rs 75,000 a month under the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme for pursuing PhDs in IITs. The proposal will be tabled in the Union cabinet, said the minister.

Javadekar announced that the Centre will raise Rs 20,000 crore in three years to fund research in premier institutes including IITs.

First Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 10:21 AM
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