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Women in Engineering (A Comparative Study of Barriers Across Nations) - 2013

This study analyzes trends for women in engineering in India to better understand which of Kapoor’s spheres engineering represents. In what ways does engineering represent a space of progress for women in India and in what ways do women still remain disadvantaged? We ask where the most prominent barriers and leaks may be occurring for women in engineering in India. The growing participation of women in India’s engineering colleges offers us the opportunity to examine the “leaky pipeline” at the college level, where very little prior investigation has been done. Hence, we begin our inquiry by focusing on trends in the admission and attendance of females in BTech programs throughout India.

Key insights from the report:

  • In-college environmental barriers for female engineers in India do not exist as they do in the United States.
  • Females consistently report to be more confident, feel more respected and motivated than males in both engineering and non-engineering degrees.
  • Selection criteria for India’s top engineering colleges, namely high discrete cut-off on tests scores, leave capable female engineers systematically disadvantaged in the admissions process.

To read more about the findings and recommendations of the Women in Engineering (A Comparative Study of Barriers Across Nations) report - 2013, Download the Report

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