NEWDELHI/LUCKNOW: Two women were among 20 candidates who notched 100 percentile scores in the common admission test (CAT), results declared on Monday showed, suggesting that efforts to fix a gender imbalance in the country’s top B-schools may be paying off.
The CAT, treated as a benchmark for admissions into the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and several top colleges, is dominated by candidates who are male and have a background in engineering. Officials in the IIMs, which conduct the exam, have been gradually making it better suited to a wider demographic.
In the last five years, the 100 percentile club has seen at most one woman, once in 2014 and once
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Failing to follow these norms will mean that colleges will have to pay a fine — the amount being twice the total fee collected per student.
Not only this, the AICTE can also suspend approval for NRI and supernumerary seats given to any institution for one academic year.
Also, according to the new rules, no institute will be able to name itself a way that the abbreviated form of the name matches the country’s premier institutes — IIM, IIT, IISc, NIT or government bodies such as AICTE, UGC, MHRD, GoI. Continue reading
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