While most of the premier engineering institutes are struggling to enroll at least 14% of women students in various courses, IIT Delhi has set an example for all those institutes by enrolling 16% girls in all courses offered by it. Even though 15 days are left for the conclusion of IIT admission process, IIT Delhi has recorded a positive gender diversity on the campus.
Professor and Chairman of JEE Advanced at IIT Delhi, Aditya Mittal revealed that the faculty members of the institute conducted a special interactive session with girl students who qualified JEE Advanced 2018. Parents of these students also participated in the session which turned out to be a great opportunity for the premier institute to explain the prospects of studying at IIT, he added.
IIT Delhi has been conducting interactive sessions to attract more girl students for the past two years and are also leading to a positive outcome. For instance, IIT Delhi is expected to enroll 150 girl students among the total 851 seats. In 2016, 70 girl students joined IIT Delhi while the number increased to 93 in 2017.
This year, the interactive session saw the participation of 150 girl students from diverse backgrounds. During the session, the faculty members helped female candidates make their choices during JoSAA 2018.
Aditya Mittal further explained that most parents prefer to get their daughters enrolled in technical institutes closer to their homes. Even though many girls secure good ranks in JEE Advanced, they do not choose IITs owing to family and societal conditions, he added.
IIT Delhi is aiming to enroll 17% girl students by 2019 and 20% by 2020. The institute will try to reach more female students through interactive sessions.