IITs to add 779 seats exclusively for women candidates in the new academic session
The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) is going to add 779 more seats exclusively for women applicants this year. A student from IIT Kharagpur said that this decision will help in improving the problem of gender imbalance in the IITs.
Currently, 9% women are admitted to IIT Kharagpur but this year the seats are increased to 14%. The decision was taken after sub-committee of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) in 2017 observed that every year enough number of women clear JEE (Advanced) but the enrollment of women candidates were much lower.
Out of the 779 seats, 113 seats are given to IIT Kharagpur, 95 seats to IIT-Dhanbad, 79 to IIT-Kanpur, 76 to IIT-BHU, 68 to IIT-Roorkee, 59 to IIT-Delhi, 58 to IIT-Bombay and 57 to IIT-Guwahati.