Business education is not a male bastion anymore, at least not at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). The institute’s flagship post graduate programme (PGP) batch this year has 21% women, a considerable rise from just 14% in the 2015-2017 batch. The 53rd batch of the institute also has 20% non-engineers, again a steep rise from just 9% the year before.
The increased diversity has been attributed by IIM-A to changes in the admission process introduced in 2014-2016,allowing admission to top candidates from seven broad academic disciplines in addition to shortlisting candidates for interviews based on CAT scores,
“We are continually assessing our admissions process critically to ensure we are selecting candidates best positioned to be leaders of enterprises. We are delighted that in selecting potential leaders who can contribute to their own and their colleagues’ growth and learning, we have also achieved a diverse mix in the entering class. In a discussion-based learning environment such as ours, diversity of participants’ backgrounds and inclusivity of the institution’s culture contribute significantly to a positive learning environment,” says Professor Ashish Nanda, director, IIMA.
The institute concluded the admission process of the PGP 2016-2018 batch on June 30, 2016.