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Girls will get more opportunities in IITs

Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan

 Recent decision of Ministry of Human resource development to increase the number of B.Tech seats in IITs will facilitate more number of girls to pursue for higher education in Indian Institute of Technologies. The move is to ensure minimum 14 percent seats allocated for girls in the IIT campuses. Over the years, across the campuses of IITs, number of girls joining for B.Tech programme is in the descending order. In order to get more opportunity for girls in the cutting edge areas of technologies, Ministry of Human resource development suggested for preparing separate rank list from Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (Advanced) for ensuring better participation from girls. This will be effective from 2018-19 admission onwards.

             Over the years number girls getting admitted to IITs reduced considerably. Considering the decreasing trend and to promote cutting edge technology education among girls, ministry of human resource development decided to ensure more opportunities for girls. All the 23 IITs including Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad compelled to ensure 14 percent of seats to girls from the existing level of 6 percent. Total number of seats in all IITs will increase from the current level of 11000 to around 11600 during the academic year 2018-19.  Selection to under graduate programme in IITs is through Joint Engineering Entrance Examination (JEE) Main and Advanced tests. 20 percent of the candidates will be screened through JEE Main to appear for JEE Advanced tests. Nearly 11 lakh students used to appear for JEE Main examination which will be held across the country on  8th and 15th & 16th April 2018 in paper based and computer based modes respectively. The new reforms will facilitate more number of girls from south Indian states especially from Kerala to study in IITs. 
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