—– = SEX ratio
The ragtag regiment that makes TDB click decided that we should write more intellectual articles which tackle serious issues on campus, and practice a bit of good journalism. Hence I decided to write about this grave, complex problem which is currently a subject of studies being conducted across various Indian institutions. The name being a give-away, you must’ve have guessed that this researched editorial is about sex. Now I could play spoilsport and tell you that it’s regarding the seldom-used meaning of the word, but that would lead to you not scrolling down. On a side-note, this article contains pictures of DU girls.
In a survey conducted for research purposes it was found that blah blah blah…
It is natural for a journalistic report to carry figures and numbers to increase the credibility of the document. Unlike 48.6% of the statistics which are made up on the spot, these have been sourced from authentic people…and the Internet.
Ratio of males to non-males
IIT BHU (2014) – 16.09
IIT Kanpur (2014) – 12.78
IIT Kharagpur (2014) – 10.17
IIT Bombay (2014) – 10.13
IIT Delhi (2014) – 9.25
BITS Goa (2015) – 8.13
BITS Pilani (2015) – 7.7
IIT Madras (2014) – 6.98
IIT Indore (2014) – 6.07
IIIT Bangalore (2014) – 5.0
BPHC (2015) – 4.97 (Seems unbelievable, doesn’t it?)
IIT Hyderabad (2014) – 3.4
Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology, Hyderabad (2014) – 3.0
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (2014) – 1.14
*googles for MGIT cult-fest dates*
The NITs share our woes, although NIT Calicut and MANIT (Bhopal) have surprisingly decent ratios of 4.0 and 3.33 respectively. Off the record, in a survey (conducted mostly by looking at FB profiles), it was revealed that NIT girls are generally fun, intelligent and cute.
And then come the colleges like DTU, Manipal, Mithibai, etc.
Sometimes, you wish you were studying arts/business in Delhi/Mumbai, right?
If you attended this particular TRW lecture, the sole one I went to, you should know that simply providing statistics doesn’t cut it. Explaining the findings is important.
So, what I inferred from these figures was that the ratio is biased to a great extent in top-tier engineering colleges across the nation, and the gap narrows down when you reach local engineering colleges.
Let’s make one thing clear; I’m not subtly trying to imply that girls are dumb. If one takes a look at the 300 page extensive study called the All India Survey on Higher Education which takes a hell lot of time to load on our amazing internet, you’ll find that across all boards of education, girls fare better than boys when it comes to 12th class examinations.
The problem may be attributed to parents not wanting to spend money on the coaching of their daughters. They may not want to send their daughters to faraway places like Kota and Vijayawada for entrance exam preparation. Subsequently, even after securing a seat in a National level engineering college, second thoughts prevent them from sending their girls to BITS Goa. And hence they end up at Hyderabad (cheeky smiley here). Take that, beaches.
The mind-set of people also needs to change. As I child, I played with Mechanix, Electro and Hot Wheels. On the other hand, Meg played with toys like kitchen sets and Barbies. Now I’m participating in the Mini GP contest for ATMOS, and she’s joining the cooking club. Just kidding. If only I had that much technical knowhow or money.
(Editor is Meg, Editor is mad, Editor is mildly amused) Editor can alliterate.
Jokes apart, women aren’t dominant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields because the society conditions them to pursue less male-governed industries. The apprehension spreads to the males too. Nursing, cooking, artsy stuff is definitely not up there in the list of professions parents want their sons to take up. It’s up to the parents and mentors to steer their kids away from gender roles and gender norms in the direction of gender neutrality.
The section which tells you why you should give a damn, also called Consequences.
This skewed sex ratio severely screws the social life of students. (Notice the alliteration please. It took quite some thinking). Talks about girls are a frequent topic… with them, not so much.
It leads to the rise of a class of socially awkward people who are referred by tags like ‘despo’, ‘creepo’, and er ‘TDB Writers’. The guys who practise getting down on their knees when prom approaches. The guys who don’t know how to commence a conversation with the opposite gender. The guys who randomly go dance with girl-gangs at DJ nights even though they’re as welcome as a fart in an elevator. And the guys who propose on the confessions page.
When all else fails, engineers turn to the Gods (of DC) and their bhajans. This religious practice followed by men devoid of female contact has been found to cause deforestation. (Long connect quip). (The editor is female and she gets it. Not smart enough, humph.)
And it’s not just the male population which faces difficulties.
Girls feel more identity-safe in an environment where there are more girls. Also, due to their diminishing numbers, they tend to be popular personalities on campus. Hence, they feel every movement they make is judged. Indeed, sometimes the fact that people know you can be an advantage, but getting a lot of importance and putting yourself up on a pedestal isn’t something one should be proud of.
Female students do not get sufficient competition in sports because of a lesser number of peers. Add representation and publicity to that sentence. Also, because of the overwhelming majority of boys, their issues are heard more prominently and their opinions get a voice faster. Consider the recent in-time extension for example. I’m all for safety of women, but using that as an excuse to provide differential facilities to them… doesn’t seem fair, does it? I mean, the campus won’t suddenly become unsafe for a span of 2 hours with the same set of people around, and smaller boundaries. The only girl that’d have had a safety problem with a beyond-12 extension, frankly, is Cinderella.
Introduce Arts/Humanities Courses.
The focus our students put on creative activities like music, drama, dance, humanities is well-known. Avoiding the risk of sounding stereotypical, let’s just say that girls generally perform well in arts courses. Illustrating this point, the Language Society was recently established on campus. There were no boys. None at all. Time to start brushing up my Français it seems.
Madame, serais-tu libre ce soir?
(Editor Probably Has A Writer Crush: Oui monsieur, toi ou chez moi?)
Er… Reservation?(Desperate times, desperate measures).
The reason for this disparity can be blamed upon the selection procedure. Indian female aspirants do receive reduced fees but the selection procedure is based on test scores without testing other strengths and this causes the female candidates to lag behind. The reduced number of women who join coaching institutes amplifies this issue.
MIT, an institution BITS sincerely looks upon, realized that the standardized test format is not much suitable for women. Hence, they designed a selection process which is much broader in nature. At MIT, 85% applicants with highest test scores are rejected in favour of students that demonstrate other strengths (sandwich making skills? :-P)
Take a look at their admissions data. Out of the 12,765 men who applied and 5,591 women, 740 and 707, respectively, were admitted. This admissions policy is a deliberate attempt to have a ‘balanced’ class.
In the words of Dheeraj Sanghvi “If your admission process does not result in a gender-balanced class, there is something wrong with the process, and it needs to be relooked into.” Apart from the classic %-based reservation this nation is infamous for, a remedy could be giving extra marks to women to compensate for the difficulties they in general would have faced in exam preparations, and through this means, increase the number of girls in the merit list.
Increase B.Pharma seats
It has been observed that girls tend to have a keen interest in subjects like Biology and Pharmacy. Mind you, this has nothing to do with the notion that these subjects require very less brains and lots of rote-learning. I believe it has something to do with the kind-hearted nature of females and their desire to save lives. Hence, encouraging applications in these branches can prove to be beneficial in making lives of young lads better.
– Avi Jain
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