Joint Admission Board has formed a panel to find out the reasons for gender gap and to suggest measures to boost the strength of girl students in IITs.
Indian institutes of Technology (IITs) have always been male dominated. However, to bridge the gender gap in IITs, Joint Admission Board has formed a panel that will explore and suggest ways that will help increase female enrollment in IITs.
On August 21, 2016, the issue was discussed at length during a meeting of the board that is responsible for committing Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced. Under the chairmanship of Professor Timothy Gonsalves, a subcommittee has been formed and is given the responsibility to explore ways and suggest measures to boost the strength of girl students in IITs.
The meeting was held and a committee was formed after two percent dip has been reported in the number of girl students who cleared the JEE Advanced this year as compared to last year. More than 1,000 girl students cracked examination last year which was roughly 10 percent of the total 10,000 seats, whereas only 840 female students, which is roughly 8 percent of the total, made it to the institutes in 2016-18 academic session.
One of the reasons for less number of girls making it to the IITs is the fact that students who cleared JEE Advance with flying colors, even when they boast to have their own study methods, are from some of the top ranking coaching institutes from Kota and other places. Since top ranking coaching institutes are not within in the easy reach of every student, the majority of parents don’t deem it safe to enroll their girls in such institutes as it will require them to leave home and stay in difficult circumstances.
This is perhaps one of the reasons behind girl students not performing as well as their male counterparts do. Possibly this is also the reason that none of the girls this year made it to the top 100. The topper among female students, Riya Singh, got an all India rank of 133.
As per the reliable sources, the number of girls registering for the joint entrance examination is rising consistently ever since two-tier exam i.e. JEE Main and Advanced was introduced back in 2012. With the intent to boost the strength of girl students, IITs have reduced the fee for female candidates.