IIT-Kanpur has been told to prepare a seat allocation algorithm to ensure 14% representation of females on each campus of IIT. This decision was taken unanimously at a Joint Admission Board meeting as a part of as a part of government’s initiative to increase female representation in IITs to 20% by 2026.
The important aspect of this move is that it will not come at the cost of other meritorious students. The 14% leap will be achieved through a ‘supernumerary’ list which will be prepared the coming session.
This 14% leap will be achieved through a separate ‘supernumerary’ list which will be prepared for the coming session, over and above girls short-listed in the common admission list.
“A consensus has been reached among the IITs and the JAB decided to ensure 14% supernumerary seats for girls. The numbers of the girls in the common list will not be calculated in the 14%, which means there will be more girls,” said the statement by MHRD. The department further added that supernumerary will not affect common admission of students.