India trains more engineers than the United States and China combined (Chaturvedi & Sachitanand, 2013). In the 2015-16 academic year, colleges approved by the All-India Council on Technical Education (AICTE) enrolled 739,055 undergraduate students. Of those students, 28.5% were female. A study conducted by the Aspiring Minds organization in 2016 found that the gender gap in engineering colleges exists, but it is not as large as that found in other countries. However, this same study found that the ratio of male-to-female engineers in the workforce was much higher than that found in college, producing questions as to the cause of the loss of female engineers from college to workplace (Aspiring Minds, 2016).
- AICTE Graphs & Charts. Data retrieved in May 2016 from http://www.aicte-india.org/dashboard/pages/graphs.php.
- Chaturvedi, A. & Sachitanand, R. (2013). A million engineers in india struggling to get placed in an extremely challenging market. The Economic Times. Retrieved from http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-06-18/news/40049243_1_engineers-iit-bombay-batch-size
- Aspiring Minds. (2016). National employability report: Engineers. Annual Report 2016.
- Aspiring Minds. (2013). Women in engineering: A comparative study of barriers across nations