Keeping up with its tag of a gender sensitive institute, the Indian Institute of Management-Rohtak (IIM-R) has inducted a record 36% girls in its latest batch of 2014-16 PGDM programme. The premier institute had inducted 48% girls in its 2013-15 two-year PG programme, but if it was compared to institute's history since its establishment in 2010, it never had more than 10% girls in its batches.
A spokesperson of the IIM-R said that out of total 149 students in the fifth batch, 54 were girls. He said that it was a healthy trend as it brought diversity in the classroom discussions and improved the representation in the class.
Notably, the institute's first batch, which started in 2010, had less than 10% girls - three girls against 47 boys in a batch of 50 students. In the second batch in 2011, the situation remained almost the same with nine girls against 113 boys in a batch of 122 students.
Similarly, in 2012 batch, there were 12 girls against 113 boys in a batch of 125 students. In 2013, the number of girls had gone up to 74 against 66 boys in a batch of 140 students.
IIM-Rohtak, director, Prof P Rameshan, said that more girls gave an egalitarian attitude to the classroom and as a national institute it was their responsibility to give equal opportunities to girls. He said that their institute would certain inspire other educational institutes to boost the representation of girls.
On recording lesser percentage of girls than last year, he said that owing to some technical reasons, they missed a little in inducting nearly 50% of girls, but still the number was good.
Notably, according to the amendments in the institute's rule book, girls who 'bell the CAT' are given extra weightage during their final selection procedure.
The move was aimed at improving the representation of fair sex in several B-schools, including IIM-Rohtak.
IIM-R's gender sensitive initiatives under a social initiative SWABHV, it is bearing the education expenses of education of several auto-rickshaw drivers' daughters.
In November, last year, legendary athlete Milkha Singh had came to flag off marathon organised by IIM-R to promote 'save the girl child' campaign in Rohtak.