Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi is going one step ahead of reservation quotas in the college for women. To have more participation from women students, the institute is holding an open house on June 17 for women candidates clearing the JEE (advanced) exams. It will also have representatives from IITs in Jammu, Bhilai, Mandi and Ropar.

All IITs have reserved 14% seats as supernumerary seats this year for women entrants. It means that the total numbers of seats meant only for women in IITs across the country are 1,852. And what is heartening is that a whopping 2,076 girls have cleared their JEE (advanced) exam this year.

The focus of the open house is to “encourage girls to join an IIT and allay any doubt or fear they or their parents may have regarding different options and the campus life”, said a statement by IIT, TOI reported.

“We advise all women candidates not to go by previous years’ closing ranks, but to fill in as many of their genuine preferences”

It will have a session organized in the Lecture Hall Complex from 10am to 5pm. The campus administration has also decided to do consultations on phone calls and emails for those girls who don’t live in Delhi and cannot make it to the open house.

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“We advise all women candidates not to go by previous years’ closing ranks, but to fill in as many of their genuine preferences,” said Sumeet Agarwal, one of the event coordinators.

IITs across India have in the past few years become actively involved in increasing women students’ participation in their institutes. Recently, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Goa have also joined the gender equality race by announcing to include more number of women students in their fresh batch of 2018.

Kharagpur IIT has planned to set up a social networking page, where female aspirants can ask about their queries and chat with the faculty and it promises to clear their doubts.

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