Kapil Sibal Asks IITs To Admit More Girl Students
The boy-to-girl student ratio in the undergraduate courses at the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may soon see a positive turn. Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal directed the IITs to admit more female students.
Sibal said that at present the ratio is 10-12% and this needs to improve. An action plan needs to be formulated to increase the intake of girl students in the IITs.
He asked the IIT directors to develop a policy framework and present it to the ministry soon. Talking about shortage of faculties in these premium engineering institutes, Sibal said that the problem cannot be solved overnight. To counter the situation, he suggested the IITs to have tie-ups with universities, private educational institutes, the corporate sector, and civil society. He asked the IITs to open more campuses and become multi-disciplinary.
He suggested some tips like having a law school inside the campus and including subjects of management, economics, and biology in engineering.
Answering a question on whether he proposes to turn IITs into universities, Sibal said, "Though not exactly, the ethos of a university can be adopted for their betterment. They must go multi-disciplinary for the betterment of students, for themselves and for a better future."