'Women engineers are on increase'
There is a “spectacular” increase in the number of girls entering engineering courses in the country for the last three and a half decades but northern India has still to catch up, Prof. S.P. Sukhatme, former chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, said.
There is also a trend among women engineers to go for higher studies and teaching in addition to working in large and small private companies, Mr. Sukhatme, the winner of Indian national science academy award, said while delivering the Daulat Singh Kothari memorial lecture in Mumbai on December 17, 2005, on ‘women engineers in india’.
From a mere one girl student, who was admitted at the university department of chemical technology, Mumbai, in early 1970s, the number of girls joining engineering colleges has steadily increased and in 2005 it stands at 15% of the total admission, Mr Sukhatme said.
Engineering A Revolution
- There is a trend among women engineers to go for higher studies and teaching in addition to working in large and small private companies.
- There is decreasing trend in employed women engineers from 69% in 1980s to 55% in 1990s.
- Unemployment rate among them has also gone up from 26% in 1980s to 31% in 1990s.
- Women engineers were mostly specialised in electrical, civil, computer and information technology.