The statistical data says that more girls are joining the top engineering colleges across the country from the academic year 2018-19. Girls are beaming overall in various sectors, especially the educational sector since the past few years. Over the years, girls have superseded boys in terms of marks and by ranking first in the respective university/boards. This has opened a gateway and opportunities for girls to spark herself to choose the career of her dream.
Through this growth, many colleges and Universities have reserved special seats for girls. After the IITs, 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST) will be allocating special supernumerary seats for female candidates. This move is to provide equitable access to girls in the top-ranked NITs.
According to a senior Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry official, the seats for male students will not be reduced, and the supernumerary seats will be created only if the percentage of girl students falls below 14% in any NIT. This percentage will gradually move to 17% in 2019 and 20% in 2020.
Earlier in the year, the IIT council approved a hike in the number of seats allotted to women. “Since a study has already been conducted by the IITs and the recommendations have also been accepted by the Council of IITs… it has been decided to adopt the following course of action to improve girls’ enrolment in NITs and IIEST, Shibpur,” reads the order.
According to the order, statutory reservation for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and for Physically Handicapped (PH) categories will be applicable in the supernumerary seats in the same manner as for the sanctioned seats.