New Delhi, Mar 18: IIT Bhubaneshwar is set to add 22 supernumerary seats for women in its various BTech courses from the coming session (2018-19). The idea behind the decision is to provide women aspirants a better chance at gaining admission, said a report in The Times of India.

With the added seats, the total number of seats has gone up to 372 from the earlier 350. Institute director R V Rajakumar was quoted as saying that the institution was worried there were fewer women being enrolled. “We are delighted the Human Resource Ministry has decided to provide sanction for an additional 22 seats for women candidates in this IIT,” he said.

Women are a meagre eight per cent of the student strength at the institution. In this move, the Centre would bring the number of women candidates up to 14 per cent in every IIT across the nation. By 2026, the aim is to raise the number of women candidates to 20 per cent.

In related news, IIT-Kanpur announced that 14 per cent of the seats would be for women candidates only. Till 1963, there were only five IITs; Kharagpur, Mumbai, Chennai, Kanpur and Delhi. As on date, there are 23 of them. All IITs are governed by a Council even as each institution is an autonomous body.