IIT Women Supernumerary Seats: Increased number of girls taking admission in IITs, benefits of this scheme, read details here

IIT Women Supernumerary Seats: Since the introduction of the supernumerary seat scheme for women, the number of girls taking admission in IITs has increased. According to media reports, girls have taken admission in 3310 seats, which is 20 per cent of the total seats, after the end of admissions for the academic year 2022-23. These girls have been admitted to 23 IITs across the country. This admission covers all six rounds of Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA). Please state that this growth is based on the data after 5 years of the scheme’s inception.

Last year, when the seat allocation was 16296, IITs admitted 3213 girls and for the first time achieved the target of 20 per cent girls in fresh admissions. This trend continued for the second year in a row, indicating the need for this booster shot to encourage more girls to join IITs. In 2017, a year before the women’s supernumerary seat scheme was introduced, only 995 or 9 percent of all seats were for girls in IITs. On the other hand, if we talk about the year 2016, girls got admission in 847 seats or more than 8 percent seats in IITs.

V Ramgopal Rao, former director of IIT Delhi, said, “This is a significant increase, especially when the number of seats allotted to girls is not more than 10 per cent of the total seats allotted compared to before the introduction of women supermajority seats. was The majority of seats for women was aimed at correcting this and has grown steadily for the fifth year in a row. Ultimately the idea is to remove the excess number of seats for women and continue the process of admitting many of those girls to IITs. But, it is a slow and steady process and is actually now in the right direction.”

What is the concept of supernumerary seats for women in IITs?

The women supernumerary quota for admission to IITs was implemented in 2018 following the recommendations of a committee headed by the then director of IIT Mandi, Timothy Gonsalves. The scheme, popularly known as the “necessary nudge”, was meant to balance the skewed gender ratio of IIT campuses dominated by boys. Instead of adding girls to the already existing reserved seats, additional seats were created for girls under the women’s overage quota. The number of women-majority seats has increased to 19 percent in 2019-20 from 14 percent at the beginning of the academic year 2018-19. By 2021-22, all IITs have a target of 20 per cent supernumerary seats for women.

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