The Indian Institute of Management-Indore has joined the league of three other IIMs in the country to allot points for gender diversity.
The previous two IIM-I batches have had more than 120 women out of 450 students, which makes it to 25% of the batch. Taking this into account, the institute wants to allot more preferences to women on campus.
The fourth IIM to do this after IIM-Calcutta, Lucknow and Kozhikode, the step is to increase the representation of women on campus.
“Women comprise 50% of our population and they are not properly represented in classrooms and at other institutes. It is for this reason that we have taken this step,” said IIM-I director Rishikesha T Krishnan. Stating that better representation on the campus would lead to better debates and programmes, Krishnan added: “Women are appreciated as good managers. We would want them to be graduated from our institute. It is for this reason that we want this percentage to increase.”
A total of three points will be awarded to women candidates in the election procedure. Though three points may not mean much as it is a deficit that can easily be overcome by better performance in other sections (perhaps CAT alone). But in a competitive exam the three points are enough to make a difference between making the cut and missing out narrowly.
Moreover, the crucial aspect is that the points will be awarded at the basic shortlisting stage. Every year the CAT scores have the final say in deciding whether a person will get a chance to sit for Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview.
However, as these changes surface in the selection procedure, the fact remains that even this year work experience has been given no importance in the selection procedure.