Ahmedabad - Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has witnessed lesser enrollment of female candidates in the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), again this year. There is no improvement enrollment number of female candidates seen since past two year. As per sources, while the number of girls offered admission at the institute's flagship course dropped from 16% in 2009 to 11% in 2010, the figure has dropped to 10.9% this year.
On Monday i.e. on April 18, 2011, IIM-A’s final admission list on the basis of Common Admission Test (CAT) and personal interviews were declared. In total 376 students were offered admissions, which included 182 general candidates, 104 from non-creamy other backward classes, 56 from scheduled castes, 22 from scheduled tribes and 12 differently-abled students.
Diptesh Ghosh, faculty at IIMA, while talking about the decline of the participation of girls in the admission to the PGP programme, said that number of girl candidates is not a part of our mandate during the admission process. In addition, preferring to remain anonymous a faculty of IIM-A explained, it is a larger issue. It depends on how many girls took part in the Common Admission Test and how many of them were able to make it to the interview calls for the institute.
Furthermore, this year also, the engineering students comprise of the maximum number in the batch with a total of 94.15% students from engineering background. Rest of the students includes 3.5% from commerce background, around 2.5% from science and the rest from agricultural background. Unlike last year, there is no candidate from the arts stream this year.