Women enrolment in IITs up at 20% in 2021-22 vs 8% in 2016: Govt

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New Delhi: Women’s enrollment in Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) will increase by 20% in 2021-22 to create supernumerary seats from 8% in 2016, Union Minister of State for Education Subhash Sarkar said on Wednesday.

The minister informed the Rajya Sabha that to improve enrollment of women in undergraduate programs in IITs, supernumerary seats were created. Similarly, enrollment of young women in NITs has increased by around 22.1% in 2021-22.

“There has been consistent improvement in the enrollment of female students in STEM courses. According to the AISHE report, the number of female students enrolled in STEM courses has increased from 41,97,186 in 2016-17 to 43,87,248 in 2020-21,” the education ministry said in a statement.

According to the ministry, to encourage young girls in higher education and research, the University Grants Commission (UGC) offers special postgraduate scholarships.

Similarly, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) offers 10,000 scholarships (progress) to girls taking up technical education.

UGC is implementing schemes for development of women’s studies in Indian universities and colleges, establishment of women’s hostels for colleges and universities, capacity building of women managers in higher education, establishment of day care centers in central and state universities.

A sub-committee has been constituted under the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) to look into issues related to girls’ education. The sub-committee’s interim recommendations include setting up of residential degree colleges and polytechnics for women at district headquarters, exclusive women’s universities in every state and free education for girls up to PG level.

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