The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, is moving closer to gender diversity with each passing year. The Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) batch that will be graduating this year is an example of the institute’s gender equity and their efforts in maintaining a balance between number of male and female taker.
The FPM class of 2018 comprises eight boys and eight girls, setting an example of gender diversity amongst the premier management institutes. The female to male ratio for the FPM batch of 2017 at IIM Ahmedabad was 25:75, whereas, in 2016 there were 10% less female students than in 2017.
The shift from this to a 50:50 female to male ration in the FPM batch of IIM Ahmedabad for the graduating batch is quite commendable. Chairperson of the FPM programme at IIM Ahmedabad, said that it is quite evident from the gender ratio that the number of female candidates in specialized management education are rising at IIM-A.
A marketing student of the FPM programme, Biswajita Parida, said that research implies a significant difference between the brains of males and females in terms of learning, processing information, dealing with emotions, multi-tasking, perception and memory abilities. Parida added that due to this reason, male and female students pursuing management must collectively brainstorm to bring about wholesome results that will benefit all.
Another student from FPM Economics, P K V Kishan, said that the intrinsic value of both males and females will be improved if there is a balanced ratio during enrollment as well as graduation. He also added that the gender ration in the FPM batch is proof that under-represented gender no longer applies in this scenario.