The percentage of women in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) has increased, bringing more gender diversity in the classrooms.
IIM Ahmedabad has this year registered a nearly 30% occupancy by women for the PGP programme, the highest ever so far in the history of the institute. This has been a tremendous jump from 11% in 2011, 17% in 2012 and 22% in 2013.
Prof. Ashish Nanda, Director, IIMA said: “This has been possible because of the cumulative effect of some interventions. We reached out to college students and encouraged bright women to apply to IIMA.”
IIM Calcutta has witnessed an increase in women percentage for the PGP course from 10% two years back to 25% this year. This has been made possible because for the last two years, IIM C gives additional points for women in the preliminary shortlisting before the interview.
IIM Bangalore has also registered a similar kind of ‘women presence’ on the campus. This year there are 96 girls out of the total strength of 406. “There has been a good increase in the percentage of girls getting admitted to IIM B over the last few years. We are making all efforts to popularize the PGP programme in women colleges. We are looking at broadening the outreach and increasing the diversity. For this we may take a relook at the admissions criteria,” said an official spokesperson of IIM B.
“The key focus this year during the admissions in the PGP programme was to ensure diversity without compromising on merit,” Dr. Devi Singh, Director, IIM Lucknow said.