India Undergraduate Education

In the 2016-17 academic year, colleges approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) enrolled 717,506 undergraduate students. Of those students, 33.7% were female. More specifically, women represented 28.1% of participants in Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology degree programs in the 2016-2017 school year. Although mechanical engineering enrolls the highest number of enrolled undergraduates, women comprise only about 4.7% of these participants. Women are well represented among enrolled undergraduates in architecture (50.8%) and in information technology (45%) disciplines.

A similar trend is observed among undergraduate engineering and technology degree holders for the 2016-2017 academic year. While the discipline of mechanical engineering produces among one of the highest number graduates, women are exceedingly underrepresented (5.1%) among these graduates. In the disciplines of architecture and information technology, women are slightly overrepresented among graduates, representing 55.5% and 52.9%, respectively, of the graduates.

Undergraduate Enrollment in Engineering & Technology Programs, by Gender

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Source: AICTE

Female Enrollment in Bachelor of Technology and Bachelor of Engineering, from 2011-2012 to 2016-2017

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Source: MHRD (2017). All India Survey on Higher Education 2017. New Delhi, India: Government of India, Department of Higher Education.

Percentage of Female Undergraduate Engineering and Technology Enrollment, by Program Discipline, 2016-2017

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Source: MHRD (2017). All India Survey on Higher Education 2017. New Delhi, India: Government of India, Department of Higher Education.

Percentage of Female Undergraduate Engineering & Technology Degree Holders, by Program Discipline, 2016-17

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Source: MHRD (2017). All India Survey on Higher Education 2017. New Delhi, India: Government of India, Department of Higher Education.

Additional Resources

  • AICTE Graphs & Charts. Data retrieved in May 2018 from http://www.aicte-india.org/dashboard/pages/graphs.php.
  • MHRD (2017). All India Survey on Higher Education 2017. New Delhi, India: Government of India, Department of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://aishe.nic.in/aishe/viewDocument.action?documentId=239