Typically, females have been stereotyped as creative individuals who lack logical or analytical thinking. This coupled with social norms and cultural traditions that put women students on back foot has further alienated them from getting their due when it comes to technical education in India. This clearly explains why there are so few female students in engineering colleges. Also, the gender ratio in all engineering colleges is skewed especially for core engineering branches such as mechanical, civil or chemical branches etc.
But with the changing dynamics of society, this trend is changing. Women are getting more and more independent and making their name in careers which were restricted to men only. The fighting spirit with which female students have broken the traditional norms have enabled them to reach new heights when it comes to engineering education. Hence, having more capable females in top-notch institutions can improve the health of India's engineering sector and the landscape of future innovation. But, there still exists a male-centric bias in the engineering colleges in India and the while things are changing they are not changing at the required pace.
In such times, a few dedicated engineering colleges that offer women-centric engineering programmes are the need of time. Today, a lot of engineering colleges are also working towards providing courses to women in order to help female students get an equal footing when it comes to engineering education.
Let’s take a look at some of the engineering colleges which are preferred by women.
1. Cummins College Of Engineering For Women – Cummins College of engineering for women in Nagpur is one of the most preferred engineering colleges. Its student-centric approach, excellent infrastructure and well-qualified faculty make it one of the colleges for women with a difference. It is known for providing engineering degree in Allied Science, Computer Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Information Technology, Instrumentation and Control and Mechanical Engineering.
2. Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women (IGDTUW) – Based in New Delhi, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women is the first women’s technical university in India. The institute offers four branches of engineering, namely Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical and Automation Engineering and Information and Technology Engineering and Architecture.
3. Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Technology for Women (LBSITW) - L B S Institute of Technology for Women is the first engineering college for women in the state of Kerala on the Malabar Coast of south-western India (Thiruvananthapuram). The Institute offers B.Tech programs in Electronics and Communication, Applied Electronics and Instrumentation, Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology & Civil Engineering and M.Tech programs in Signal Processing and Computer Science and Engineering.
4. Mody University – Mody University is a premier women’s university located in Laxmangarh in the state of Rajasthan, India. The institute emphasizes on the power of Yoga and spirituality and yoga classes are conducted regularly. The institute also provides excellent courses in all the branches of engineering.
5. Biyani International Institute of Engineering & Technology- Biyani Institute in Rajasthan is affiliated with Rajasthan Technical University and also approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The mission of the college itself speaks women empowerment. The major branches of engineering are Automation, Instrumental & control, Electrical, power systems, Communication mythology & information technology, Embedded Technology, Micro-engineering, Information processing, signal processing & soft computing, Mechatronics, micro-manufacturing, and Computer science.
6. Bhoj Reddy Engineering College for Women – Established in the year 1997 in Hyderabad, Bhoj Reddy Engineering College for Women is aimed to promote women empowerment. The major branches of female education include Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Electronic Engineering.
7. Usha Mittal Institute of Technology (UMIT) - Usha Mittal Institute of Technology is an engineering college in Mumbai. Formerly known as Institute of Technology for Women (ITW), the institute offers degree courses in Computer Science and Technology, Electronics and Communications and Information Technology.
8. Sree Buddha College of Engineering for Women - Sree Buddha College of Engineering for Women is located in in Elavumthitta of Pathanamthitta District and is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University. Currently, there are four engineering streams in this college, which are Electrical and electronics engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Electronics and Communication Engineering.
9. Idhaya Engineering College for Women - Idhaya Engineering College for Women is an all-women’s catholic engineering college in Tamil Nadu. It offers technology and general engineering courses, including the mechanical branch.
10. Genentech College of Engineering for Women - Genentech College of Engineering for Women is located in Attur, Tamil Nadu. Affiliated to Anna University, it is a well-known engineering college and provides courses in Computer Science Engineering, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication Engineering and Electrical & Electronics Engineering.
These women-centric engineering colleges have been pioneering the technical revolution that is much needed equipping young and talented women with the right tools to craft a bright future for the humanity. If as many women went into engineering as men, this would be a huge win for the world. As in the words of Elizabeth Bierman, “If you’re passionate about something and you want to make a difference. I guarantee there’s a way to do that with engineering”.