IIM Kozhikode to have 60 women-only seats

In order to address the declining number of women in the top B-schools in India, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), is planning to have 60 women-only seats in its flagship Postgraduate Programme in Management (PGP).
These seats are expected to be supernumerary in nature, that is, these seats would be created in addition to the already allotted seats and would not impact the selection of remaining students.

The IITs have already reserved seats for female students to increase the ratio, this is a new initiative for the IIMs. While MHRD asked IITs to enrol 20% female students by 2020, IIMs have not received any such mandate, yet.

The selection process for these women-only seats for IIMs would include the standard procedure of (CAT) followed by an interview. However, the exact selection criteria for the same are still being decided by the institute.

Sources in the senior management at IIM-K informed Education Times on condition of anonymity, “Only highly meritorious students will be selected and hence we will have a strong screening process to pick the best.”

In 2009, IIM-K carried a similar programme and enrolled 27% women that increased the overall enrolment to 54% in 2013. This was rated as one of the highest female enrolment in IIMs.

Women ratio in the top B-school has been on a decline ever since and currently, only 27% female candidates are in the IIM-K campus. The situation in other IIMs is not encouraging. IIM-Bangalore recently launched a women-start-up programme to encourage women in management.

Though at the workplace, there is no bias regarding hiring females, but the number gets restricted at the enrolment level due to ‘social structure‘. “The target of this programme is to have as many female students in the institute. The campus should have an inclusive enrolment and should have representation from all the genders. This initiative will encourage women in managerial roles,” added the source.
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