The enrollment of female students in the undergraduate courses of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) has increased from 8% in 2016 to 20% in 2021, according to a Ministry of Education (MoE) data.
The information was shared in Rajya Sabha in response to a question. Union Education Minister Subhas Sarkar said there has been a consistent improvement in the enrollment of female students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses.
“To improve women’s enrollment in undergraduate programs in IITs, excess seats were created, increasing women’s enrollment from 8 percent in 2016 to 20 in 2021-22. Similarly, girls’ enrollment in NITs has increased to nearly 22.1 percent in 2021-22,” the minister said.
According to the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) report, the number of female students enrolled in STEM courses increased from 41.97 lakh in 2016-17 to 43.87 lakh in 2020-21.
In addition, the University Grants Commission (UGC) offers special postgraduate scholarships for girl students across the country to encourage them to pursue higher education and research. Similarly, All India Council for Technical Education also provides 10,000 scholarships to girls pursuing technical education.
With input from PTI.