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BITS Pilani Women Enrollment - Revealing Statistics - Educational Empowerment can transform Women into powerful agents of Social Change and the women enrollment statistics at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India endorses the same
BITS Pilani Women Enrollment - Revealing Statistics

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Pilani, Rajasthan, India, 2005/12/18 - Educational Empowerment can transform Women into powerful agents of Social Change and the women enrollment statistics at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India endorses the same.

   
 
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In USA, President John F Kennedy through the Executive Order 10980 dated December 14, 1961 established the President's Commission on the Status of Women. In India, the principle of gender equality is very much enshrined right in the Indian Constitution in its Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles. The National Policy for the Empowerment of Women (2001) in India has stated in one of its objectives equal access to women for quality education at all levels.

The Engineering Workforce Commission in USA found that in 2002, only 18.5 percent of all undergraduates at more than 500 different institutions were women. For example, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presently has only 14 percent women enrollment in the college of Engineering. Low female enrollment in Engineering can be found at institutions across the United States of America with exceptions like Massachusetts Institute of Technology where women currently makeup 36 percent of all undergraduates there. If that be the case in USA, one would expect a country like India with sliding sex ratio, instances of female foeticide and women just making up 6 percent of the workforce to have statistics in women enrollment for higher education which is better not revealed.

However, the women enrollment statistics between 1996 and 2004 at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani which is Deemed to be a University and is an all-India Institute for higher education for men and women, fully residential and awarding its own degrees reveals a different picture.

The girls enrollment in B.E. (Hons) Chemical in 1996 was 29.17 percent while in 2004 it stood at 42.37 percent with a peak of 51.61 percent in 2000.

The girls enrollment in B.E. (Hons) Civil in 1996 was 28.13 percent while in 2004 it stood at 34.62 percent with a peak of 42.86 percent in 2003.

The girls enrollment in B.E. (Hons) Computer Science in 1996 was 30.19 percent while in 2004 it stood at 41.94 percent with a peak of 49.47 percent in 2001.

The girls enrollment in B.E. (Hons) Electrical and Electronics in 1996 was 21.43 percent while in 2004 it stood at 28.13 percent with a peak of 34.55 percent in 1999.

The girls enrollment in B.E. (Hons) Electronics and Instrumentation 1996 was 31.25 percent while in 2004 it stood at 47.46 percent with a peak of 49.18 percent in 2002.

The girls enrollment in B.E. (Hons) Mechanical in 1996 was a mere 06.15 percent while in 2004 it stood at 26.58 percent with a peak of 28.40 percent in 2003.

The girls enrollment in B.Pharm (Hons) in 1996 was 23.33 percent while in 2004 it stood at 46.15 percent with a peak of 51.35 percent in 2003.

The girls enrollment in M.M.S. (Master of Management Studies) in 1996 was 50.00 percent while in 2004 it stood at the peak value of 67.50 percent.

The girls enrollment in M.Sc. (Hons) Biological Sciences in 1996 was 33.33 percent while in 2004 it stood at 69.05 percent with a peak of 75.00 percent in 2003.

The girls enrollment in M.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry in 1996 was 17.24 percent while in 2004 it stood at 42.50 percent with a peak of 47.50 percent in 2003.

The girls enrollment in M.Sc. (Hons) Economics in 1996 was 09.68 percent while in 2004 it stood at 37.50 percent with a peak of 42.50 percent in 2003.

The girls enrollment in M.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics in 1996 was 25.71 percent while in 2004 it stood at 37.78 percent with a peak of 51.11 percent in 2003.

The girls enrollment in M.Sc. (Hons) Physics in 1996 was 13.51 percent while in 2004 it stood at the peak value of 35.56 percent.

The girls enrollment in M.Sc. (Tech) Engineering Technology in 1996 was zero percent while in 2004 it stood at 44.44 percent with a peak of 62.50 percent in 2001.

The girls enrollment in M.Sc. (Tech) Information Systems in 1996 was 26.67 percent while in 2004 it stood at 58.00 percent with a peak of 64.29 percent in 1998.

What emerges from the enrollment statistics at BITS, Pilani is the fact that girls opt for Engineering, Pharmacy and Management programmes with the same ease as that of Science programmes. Such a thing has been possible at BITS Pilani as the entire educational process from admission onwards is merit based and there is no gender discrimination of any kind in all the activities of the Institute.

Admissions to all the Integrated First Degree programmes of BITS, Pilani which include the Pilani campus as well as the Goa campus is made on the basis of a Computer Based Online Test called BITS Admission Test in short BITSAT spread over a month and conducted at different cities in India. The test is of three hours duration having objective type (multiple choice) questions only. The candidate gets the flexibility to choose his/her date of taking the BITSAT and on the chosen date the time session also. Such features are unheard in the Indian context.

Further, the BITS educational system has several flexibilities and one of the most popular flexibilities is the Dual Degree Scheme under which it is possible for a student to work for and complete concurrently two integrated first degrees within a reasonable period of time which is typically 5 years. All students who get admission to the various M.Sc. (Hons) programmes at BITS, Pilani are given on priority an opportunity to work under the dual degree scheme for one of the Engineering or Pharmacy or Management programmes and the allotment is done by competition based on the performance of the student during the first year at the Institute.

University can not serve Society unless it reflects Society and in terms of girls enrollment, BITS Pilani is indeed way ahead of other such institutions both in India and outside India. It is for sure that engineering or science education at BITS Pilani does not face any gender imbalance.

 
 
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