Indore: Efforts of Indian Institute of Technology Indore to draw more girl students to campus seems to have paid as their number has gone up in the institute. “There is considerable increase of female students at IIT Indore in this academic year. Approximately, 16 percent students admitted in this year’s batch are females. It is a welcome change,” said IIT Indore media in-charge Rahul Sharma.
IIT Indore organised orientation programme to enroll new and existing students for the autumn semester 2018 on July 23-24. More than 1500 people, students along with their parents attended the programme. In March, senate of IIT Indore had approved a proposal for creating supernumerary seats for girl students for increasing their representation in the institute.
The proposal was put before the senate following the instructions by human resource development ministry. Citing poor representation of female students in IITs, the HRD ministry had directed all IITs to create supernumerary seats for fair sex. In adherence to that, IIT Indore senate approved creation of supernumerary seats for girl students in BTech programme.
The average number of women at IITs stands at 8 percent whereas the average stood at 9 percent to 10 percent at IIT Indore till last session. The plan is to increase four percent seats each year for the next three years in order to take representation of women in IITs to 20 percent by 2020. Therefore, it instructed IITs to create seats for girl students in addition to existing intake.
This year, a total number of 262 students were admitted in BTech courses including 62 in computer science engineering, 63 in electrical engineering, 65 in mechanical engineering, 36 in civil engineering and 36 in metallurgical engineering and material science discipline. Among postgraduate students, 64 students were enrolled in MTech, eight students in MS (research), 82 students in MSc and 47 students in PhD programmes.
Three new PG courses this year
IIT Indore also sees an induction of three new courses including MS (research) computer science engineering, MTech (mechanical system design) and MTech (metallurgy engineering) this academic year.
During the orientation programme, the institute functionaries dwelt at length on the multidisciplinary teaching and research ambience, active foreign collaborations and student exchanges, accommodation facilities, placement scenario, academic regulations, e-vehicles, cashless campus, green initiatives etc. In addition to this, students were also briefed about eateries, clubs, sports and other extracurricular activities at the campus.