IIT Bhubaneswar to add 70 UG seats in 2020 academic session
In April 2018, IIT Kharagpur added 779 seats, exclusively, for women candidates. The initiative was taken to help the female students get the privilege of higher studies in India’s one of the premier technological institutes and to eradicate the issue of gender imbalance in IITs.
One of the new IITs, IIT Bhubaneswar, established in 2008, Bhubaneswar has decided to increase its undergraduate seats by 70. In a report shared by the institute, it confirms that the number of seats in all the seven schools of Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneshwar would increase to 490 from the existing number i.e. 420. The institute has taken this step to help students from economically weaker sections (EWS), and women candidates take admission. However, no decision has been taken to increase the number of seats in the postgraduate programme. Out of the total number of new seats, EWS quota will get 18 seats and 52 seats will be added under women quota.
IIT Bhubaneswar offers undergraduate technical courses through seven schools which are basic sciences; earth, ocean, and climate sciences, electrical sciences; humanities, social sciences, and management, infrastructure, mechanical sciences and minerals, metallurgical and materials engineering.
In April 2018, IIT Kharagpur added 779 seats, exclusively, for women candidates. While taking the step, the institute then explained that the initiative will help the girl students to get the privilege of higher studies in India’s one of the premier technological institutes. It will also eradicate the issue of gender imbalance in IITs.
In IIT Council’s 51st meeting, held on April 28, 2017, it was decided to increase the enrolments of female candidates in B.Tech programmes to 20% in 2020 – 2021. To do so, creating additional seats and supernumerary was considered as the only option.
The issue came under notice when a huge difference was seen in male and female participation in the engineering entrance exam, JEE Main. Lesser participation of females in JEE Main created a direct impact on gender balance in IIT.