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Timothy Gonsalves committee recommends reservation for girl students in IITs

Last Updated: January 18, 2017

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Timothy Gonsalves committee recommends reservation for girl students in IITs

Timothy Gonsalves committee recommends reservation for girl students in IITs

18 January 2017 Current Affairs: The sub-committee under chairmanship of professor Timothy Gonsalves has recommended reservation for girl students in IITs to address the issue of slump in number of female students entering the prestigious institutes. 
The recommendation of the committee will be taken up in the meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) for a final decision, which will decide whether the reservation will come in effect from 2017 or from 2018.
The committee has suggested creating up to 20% supernumerary seats for girls out of the total number of seats. But only candidates who have already qualified in JEE-Advanced will be considered. 
The reservation for girl students will not affect the number of seats for male candidates. It will help IITs achieve the one lakh target by 2020. In 2016, there was a 2% dip in the number of girls who cleared the JEE-Advanced, as compared to the previous one. 
Over 1,000 girls had cracked the examination (roughly 10% of total 10,000 seats) in 2015, only 840 female students (coming up to 8%) made it to institutes in 2016-17. None of the selected girls made it to top 100.
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