IITs to admit more girl students from 2018

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), premiere engineering colleges of the country, will admit more girl students from 2018. The Joint Admission Board (JAB) has approved a quota of “supernumerary” seats for admission of girl students.

The board has set up a panel last year after fall in admission of number of girl students to IITs in last few years. Under the chairmanship of professor Timothy Gonsalves, the panel’s aim was to find ways to improve the situation in the institutes, an HRD ministry official said.

The panel recommended creating up to 20 per cent supernumerary seats out of the total number of seats in the IITs for girls, earlier this year, reported The Economic Times.

“The percentage of the supernumerary seats will be decided every year. The increase will not affect the existing number of seats for men and the changes would be implemented over a maximum of eight years. Also, the seats vacated by woman students will be filled by a woman candidates only,” a senior HRD Ministry official said.