It was reported that decision has been takenfor creating more seats for girls at the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) and reserve it for single girl child in M.Phil courses. Earlier, the university created an extra seat in graduate and postgraduate professional courses and reserved it for girls who were the only child of their parents. HPU Vice-Chancellor Sunil Kumar Gupta reported that the objective of reserving the seat for the girls is to check the social evil of female foeticide. As per the 2001 Census, the sex ratio in major states ranged from 861 in Haryana to 1,058 in Kerala. Himachal Pradesh recorded 968 females per 1,000 males.