President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed concern over the low number of girls in premier institutions, like IITs. Delivering the 64th convocation address of IIT Kharagpur yesterday, Mr Kovind said, girls often outscore boys in board examinations, colleges and universities, but their number is distressingly low in IITs and this has to increase. He said last year, of the 1 lakh 60,000 candidates who appeared for the IIT joint entrance examination, only 30,000 were girls. Of the nearly 10,900 students who had been admitted to undergraduate classes of the IITs in the same year, only 995 were girls. Mr Kovind said, this cannot go on, and there is a need to do change this.
Earlier, the President unveiled a plaque of a girls’ hostel and a visitors’ guest house named after former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.