Women make progress but higher education has gender balance problem still

IIM Raipur admits more women than men in its PG course but top engineering and management institutes need more diversity

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The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are no different. In 2017, the ratio of female students in India’s premier engineering institutes was less than 10 per cent.

Ishaan Gera New Delhi
 A seminal work in development economics studied peach orchard workers in China. Researchers found that the children of educated female workers were more likely to be healthier and better educated. Similar studies in India prompted the government to educate the girl child and hand out monetary benefits to females instead of male household members. Last year, a Business Standard analysis found that districts with a higher number of college-educated females had better Covid-19 vaccination rates.

Better education does not help women with more jobs or higher earnings. India’s female labour force participation, already paltry before the pandemic, has declined. An

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First Published: Jul 26 2022 | 5:26 PM IST

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