IITs & NITs set to allot special seats for women, 2018 onwards

IITs & NITs set to allot special seats for women, 2018 onwards

The dwindling number of admissions of the girl candidates in the prestigious IITs and NITs has been both alarming and concerning. Despite faring quite well than the boys in the higher secondary results, this dearth of female candidates in India’s top tier colleges is a fact hard to absorb.

To correct this disparity in the enrollment percentage of male and female candidates, Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs set up ‘Timothy Gonsalves’ committee to contemplate upon this grave issue and to come up with the measures that rectify this gender imbalance. The committee came up with the concept of supernumerary seats for the female candidates, which has been approved by the HRD ministry and will be implemented 2018 onwards, both by IITs as well as NITs.

This is to be noted that this quota won’t have any effect on the number of seats for male candidates at these premier institutions.

Supernumerary seats for girls in IITs

The decision to allocate supernumerary seats came after IITs registered an abysmal 10% enrollment of the girl candidates, out of the total admissions in the year 2017.

In the year 2018, 14% supernumerary seats will be reserved for women in all the 23 IITs. However, this percentage will be increased, until it reaches 20%, over a maximum period of 8 years.

Supernumerary seats for girls in NITs

In 31 NITs across the country, only 14% female candidates took admission in 2017, as compared to 22% in 2016.

In a phased manner, 14% seats will be reserved for girl candidates in 2018 for admission in NITs and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST) which will increase to 17% in 2019 and 20% in 2020.

However, it is to be noted that the statutory reservation for SCs, STs, OBCs and PH categories will be applicable in the supernumerary seats in the same manner as for the sanctioned seats.