50% of IIM-A PGP-FABM students are women

AHMEDABAD: The proportion of women in the postgraduate programme for food and agriculture business management (PGP-FABM) at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad has risen to 50%, the highest ever thus far.

The postgraduate programme (PGP) has also seen the proportion of women students steadily rise over the last three years, with 28% of this year's batch being women, one of the highest proportions ever.

Students from non-engineering backgrounds this year constitute 32% of all students in the PGP programme, the highest ever in more than 15 years.

Registrations for the new PGP and PGP-FABM batches at IIM-A culminated on Friday, with one of the most diverse batches ever-in terms of gender and educational backgrounds-joining the institute, officials said.

Professor Ashish Nanda, director of IIM-A, said, "In our discussion-based learning environment, diversity in student backgrounds and experiences helps enrich the learning process by bringing different perspectives to the class. We at IIM-A are delighted to welcome this diverse group of incoming students."

Nanda added, "We are pleased with the increasing percentage of women students in our entering class. This has been achieved without giving extra credits or holding specific quotas on account of gender. The increased percentage has been achieved through a combination of active recruitment of women candidates, encouraging discipline diversity in the students called for interviews, and paying attention to holistic leadership potential among the applicants being interviewed. A broad mix across gender will contribute to a richer learning environment at the institute."

Professor Apratim Guha, chairperson of admissions at IIM-A, said, "Our admissions policy is to invite for interviews candidates from different academic disciplines based on their academic performances, subject to their clearing certain Common Admission Test (CAT) cut-offs. This approach increases the discipline diversity of our incoming class. This is part of a conscious effort to improve the in-class learning experience of students, who we believe will benefit from being in a class with people from diverse backgrounds."

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