IITs to increase female quota to 14-20% in 2018-21

The India government has decided to increase female enrollment in Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) from 8 percent in 2016 to 14 percent in 2018-19, 17 percent in 2019-20 and 20 percent in 2020-21 by creating supernumerary seats, said Satya Pal Singh, the minister of State (HRD).

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has undertaken several schemes for the benefit of girls and women to enhance their accessibility and provide more opportunities such as provisions of various scholarships and fellowships exclusively for single girl child and women.

A Sub-Committee under Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has recommended the setting up of residential degree colleges and polytechnics for women in the district head quarters, exclusive women university in each state and providing free education to girls up to PG level etc.

The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) approved central assistance for 232 women colleges across states and union territories under various components such as creation of Model Degree Colleges (MDCs), new colleges (professional & technical), Equity Initiatives, upgradation of colleges to MDCs, infrastructure grants to colleges, etc.

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has taken measures to attract girls in technical education through measures such as providing relaxation in land norms, FDR and processing fee for setting up of technical institutions specially for girls. Pragati scholarship scheme provides scholarship for girls in AICTE approved Institutions.

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