Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Even fewer women at IIM-Ahmedabad this year

The participation of women candidates in the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) this year has seen no improvement since the last two years. While the number of girls offered admission at the institute's flagship course dropped from 16% in 2009 to 11% in 2010, the figure has dropped to 10.9% this year.

The institute's final admission list on the basis of Common Admission Test (CAT) and personal interviews were declared on Monday. A total of 376 admission offers which included 182 general candidates, 104 from non-creamy other backward classes, 56 from scheduled castes, 22 from scheduled tribes and 12 differently-abled students.

Talking about the decline of the participation of girls in the admission to the PGP, faculty at IIM-A Diptesh Ghosh who was involved in the institute's admissions process said, "Number of girl candidates is not a part of our mandate during the admission process." Preferring to remain anonymous a faculty of IIMA explained, "It is a larger issue. It depends on how many girls took part in the CAT and how many of them were able to make it to the interview calls for the institute."

As usual, engineering students have dominated the batch with a total of 94.15% students from engineering background. The rest of the students include 3.5% from commerce background, around 2.5% from science and the rest from agricultural background. Unlike last year, there is no candidate from the arts stream this year.

Source: The Economic Times (Online Edition), April 19, 2011

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