MHRD had suggested increasing seats allotted to women
In 2017, the MHRD had suggested a 14% hike in seats allotted to women to the Joint Admission Board. The hike would take the total number seats for women to 1,440. Women currently comprise a mere 8% of the total student strength of all IITs.
New IITs already struggling to provide accommodation to students
"While the JAB has been inching towards increasing the intake capacity, most of the burden will have to be shared by the newer IITs and they are already struggling to provide accommodation, laboratories and classrooms," said a senior IIT-Delhi faculty member on conditions of anonymity.