IITs to add 779 seats for women candidates

New Delhi: Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will add 779 more seats exclusively for women candidates starting from this academic year. The step has been taken to improve the gender ratio in its B.Tech programme. The decision was taken last year by the IIT Council that is now announced.

The number of these seats will vary each year and be increased every till the number of female students reaches 20%. Currently, women comprise less than 10 percent of the total strength of IITs. Of 779 seats, 113 seats will be allocated to IIT Kharagpur, followed by IIT-Dhanbad (95 seats), IIT-Kanpur (79), IIT-BHU (76), IIT-Roorkee (68), IIT-Delhi (59), IIT-Bombay (58) and IIT Guwahati (57).