An ear to girl students’ issues always ensures a better gender ratio on any campus. Thus, IIT Kharagpur has started a special helpline for girl students this admission season along with an exclusive girl’s cell. The helpline would support girl students with choice filling and understanding seat allocation.
This year 7,137 girls have qualified JEE Advanced (14.14% of the 50,455 qualified candidates).
Pallab Banerji, chairman of JEE-Advanced of IIT Kharagpur and professor of Materials Science Centre informed, “Though less in number, the girl students at IIT Kharagpur not only perform well academically, but also in extra-curricular activities, including sports. IIT KGP offers a liberal environment where women have all opportunities to pursue their dreams and flourish. Starting this year, we are making special efforts to encourage more JEE Advanced qualified girls to join us.”
Sudeshna Sarkar, head of the department, Computer Science and Engineering added, “This year we are encouraging girls to fill a large number of choices for different branches and IITs to improve their chance of getting into IIT Kharagpur and other IITs. This wasn’t there earlier. We are making the eligible girl candidates understand different streams at IIT Kharagpur and the career frontiers they would open up.”
Sarkar heads the initiative at IIT Kharagpur with a small team of women including two other lady faculty members and 60 girl students and volunteer alumni of the institute.
Helpline Website & Social Media Page
IIT Kharagpur has also come up with a dedicated website plus a social media group ‘JEE Women Counselling 2017’ to promote their cause. Through this interested girl candidates can reach the helpline to get their queries answered.