According to a report by the Hindustan Times, in 2014, women accounted for only 23.3% of the student population at IIM Bangalore. In 2013 batch, the figure was 23% at IIM Calcutta.
IIM-Kozhikode Director Professor Debashis Chatterjee was quoted by ET saying, " CAT (common admission test) scores will be factored in, but the admission lens will be broader than the conventional ones. Beyond number-crunchers, we want women from creative fields, authors, captains of national teams, etc. We want to make it multi-dimensional,”
This move lies in line with global institutes which not only look at academic excellence, but also extraordinary achievements in other fields are also taken into consideration.
According to the HT report, Janat Shah, director of IIM-Udaipur says the aim is, for at least a third of the student to be women.
Former director of IIM-Rohtak, however, says the trouble begins with a low representation of women at the CAT stage. CAT exam is heavy on quantitative aptitude favours engineers and there are fewer girls studying engineering. Consequently, fewer women take the CAT and even fewer women join B-Schools.
IIM Kozhikode is yet to finalise the details of the proposal, but aims to introduce it in the next academic year. Other IIMs however, may not immediately follow IIM Kozhikode's footsteps in setting aside supernumerary seats for women, they too are mulling over ways to increase female participation.