The Gender diversity in the top b-schools: Do Women really have an edge

There has been the lot of hue and the cry over the lack of gender diversity in the top business schools (b-schools).A nation that is obsessed with the male children and the engineers are trying to enforce the healthy diversity in the B-Schools and that has not been the easy task. While some argue that increasing women participants should be the government policy and others call for the change in the b-schools admission policy.

Except for the few schools there has been no ground breaking change. The top b-school of the country that feature in various top world rankings-the Indian Institute of Management(IIM Ahmadabad),IIM Bangalore, Indian school of business- have given no admission relaxations to women.

The other top b-schools are giving the extra points to women during the admissions.

The steps here encourage more women to apply for the b-schools. Families that support the women while they pursue the management education instead of asking them to drop out as have been happening with the previous generations of mothers and the grandmothers.

There are many engineering colleges that reserve the seats for women. The same approach is also adopted in the business schools.

According to both chepuri and the chowdary the corporate firms also look for the gender diversity in the campus hiring. The member of the IIM Shillong placement committee says that the corporate culture is evolving. More women are entering the workplace. As the result the companies coming for the placements now are specifically enquire about the number of Women candidates in the batch.

The Riddhi kappor the student at the Indian School of Business also claims that awarding the admission points to the women can also be discriminating to the male candidates. Instead of giving the relaxations at the b-schools level, the government should look into overhauling the policy towards the women. Today ISB has nearly 26% female participants without any admission relaxation. Tomorrow the number will only go up as more women realize what they are missing.

Management education is also the postgraduate degree that can be the expensive affiar.The Indian socio-economic mindset often believes in finishing of the education quickly. Even the education families often encourage the bachelor's degree that is followed by the quick postgraduate degree, so that they can be married by 23-24.

To encourage the more women come back to education post marriage and the childbirth the entire top b-schools including the IIM-A, IIM-B, ISB are providing the housing units and crèche facilities. Women candidates are now allowed to come down with their families. In most of the cases unmarried women candidates are also allowed to stay with the family member while pursuing the management degree. The trend is fast and also catching up. Both XLRI and IIM Lucknow are now planning to introduce the measures.

There are many schools who don't opt for the separate admission policies that have the good female ratio in class. The list also includes XLRI Jamshedpur ,ISB SP Jain and many more. This is so because we are sensitive towards the women during the GD-PI rounds. We understand the socio-

Economic issues they have to deal with are sympathetic to it. The Postgraduate diploma in Human Resources Management also has almost 40% women participants. According to the senior administrator officer at ISB, if two candidates i.e. one male and one female have the exactly same permits we will offer the admission to the women candidates.

The Management encourage the directly and indirectly to encourage more women to pursue the Management education.

B-School

Admission points for gender diversity

IIM-A

No

IIM-B

No

IIM Calcutta

Yes

IIM Lucknow

Yes

IIM Rohtak

Yes

IIM Kozhikode

Yes

IIM Shillong

No

IIM Ranchi

Yes

IIM Raipur

Yes

IIM Udaipur

Yes

IIM Trichy

Yes

IIM Kashipur

Yes

XLRI

No

ISB

No

FMS Delhi

No

IIFT

No

JBIMS

No

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