Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) significantly increased their gender diversity this year, with 30% of the incoming class being women (up from 26% the previous year). For those not familiar with IIMs, “Indian Institutes of Management are a group of 20 public, autonomous institutes of management education and research in India. They primarily offer postgraduate, doctoral and executive education programs.”
In a surprising admission for 2017, the increase in female participation is the result of…well…nothing. In 2013, IIM Kozhikode gave a “weightage to gender and academic diversity, resulting in over 50% women in the batch.” Since then, it has discontinued the advantage, but has still seen a solid rate of female acceptances.
Many are arguing that the growth for women is simply natural with more opportunities being granted and discrimination policies being removed. In addition, the current trend “reflects improved gender diversity in corporate India as many big companies actively remove biases against women, such as lesser pay and fewer promotions, and implement women-friendly policies such as longer maternity leaves and work-from-home options.” Although India still ranks 130 in the World Bank’s gender equality index, in the corporate sector things are seeing a shift.
We are seeing India promote diversity and inclusion more and more the past few years. If the country can grant more people internet access and continue its growth for gender balanced opportunities, the next few decades may display a golden age for the country.