The batch of 2017-19 of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta  (IIM-C) has registered an increase in the number of women students from last year. Setting a record, out of the total new students, 31% are women this time which is till date the highest number of girl students in IIM-C. Also, among the top three IIMs ( Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta) this is highest women representation in the recent years.

One advantage that girls had this time was that they got few ‘extra’ points at the pre-interview stage. Previous years also saw women students getting three more points (out of 100) at the pre-interview level. IIM-C admission chairperson Pritam Basu said, “The girls performed incredibly well in the interview and got through on their own steam. This year girls were given two extra marks out of a total 50 marks (or 4%). This mark-up was part of a deliberate policy change to bring more gender diversity on the campus”.

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The previous batch saw a huge drop in the number of female students in all the IIMs, the total of 649 women students were registered in 2016-18 batch at the top six Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode and Indore.

In past years, the average proportion of women in each batch was around 20%-22%, however,  last year, IIM Calcutta with a drop to 16% saw the lowest representation of women among all the IIMs.

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Economics professor and former IIM-C Dean Anindya Sen said, “There has been no official mandate but the institute has always aimed at having a more diverse classroom”.

(Source: Times of India)

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