Open House at IITD for female candidates who have cleared JEE(Advanced), 2018

Open House at IITD on June 17 for female candidates who have cleared JEE(Advanced), 2018

In an attempt to increase the number of girls on campus, IIT Delhi has organized an on-campus interaction on June 17 (Sunday) with the female candidates who have cleared the JEE (Advanced) 2018.

The Open House for female candidates will be held in the Institute's Lecture Hall Complex, LH121 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m (with a break from 1 to 2 p.m). There will also be consultation via e-mails and telephone calls. The idea is to encourage girls to join an IIT and allay any doubts or fears that they or their parents might have, regarding different branch options and campus life in general for women at the IITs.

The event is being organized under the aegis of 'Initiative for Gender Equity and Sensitization (IGES)', a unit of IITD that was created on March 08, 2018.

A similar counselling event for the qualified female candidates held last year had evoked an enthusiastic response.

“The aim is to help qualified female candidates make their choices during the JEE/JoSAA 2018 counselling process for admission to the IITs, in particular IIT Delhi,” says Prof. Shalini Gupta, Nodal Officer, JEE (Women) Helpdesk, IIT Delhi.

All girls who have qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2018 will get a chance to discuss (with faculty and current students) their choices of branch/institute during the counselling process, and find out more about how life is for women at IIT in general and IIT Delhi in particular.

This year, about 14% of seats in every branch at every IIT have been designated as 'female-only' seats (this has been done by creating sufficient supernumerary seats, without any reduction in the number of seats available to non-female candidates). The total number of female-only seats across all IITs is 1,852. The total number of women who have qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2018 is 4,179.

“We advise all female candidates to not go by previous years' closing ranks, but instead fill in as many of their genuine preferences as they can, in order to maximize their chances of getting a high-preference branch and/or campus,” says Prof. Sumeet Agarwal, one of the event coordinators.