The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai will conduct a one-time virtual counseling session for female candidates, along with their parents, who have qualified the JEE (Advanced) exam to encourage them not to drop their IIT seats
talking with The Indian ExpressSubhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, said, “Sometimes it has been observed that girls, even after getting a seat in IITs, do not join for reasons such as the institute is far away from home.Parents think its better to go to a nearby institute.We want to change that.If a girl from Mumbai for example gets a seat in IIT Kharagpur;she should take it “.
The virtual counseling session will be held soon in association with the Gender Cell of IIT Bombay. “We will share a link with all the girls so we can talk to them. If they qualify and bag a seat in any IIT, they should get it. In fact, girls also get supernumerary seats, which benefits them. They should make use of it,” said Chaudhuri, adding that there has been a noticeable growth in the number of female candidates among the 100 JEE (Advanced) qualified candidates this year.
“Last year there was only one girl. This year, there are seven,” he said.
As the JEE (Advanced) result has been released, the competition to bag seats in India’s prestigious institutes of technology has begun. Due to a difficult role, the cutoff has already experienced a drop, making the competition fiercer. Out of the total 1,55,538 candidates who appeared for the JEE (Advanced) exam held on August 28, 40,712 have qualified. A total of 33,608 candidates appeared for the exam and 6,516 of them qualified.
According to the seat matrix issued by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA), there are a total of 16,598 seats up for grabs in all the 23 IITs, including 1,567 supernumerary seats for women candidates. This is a marginal increase over last year’s 1534 supernumerary seats.