More women take to STEM at college. But can India Inc stem their exit from jobs?


The country has seen a remarkable rise in women joining colleges, and many of them are studying science and technology courses, but that has failed to significantly improve the diversity quotient at corporate India. Companies are taking conscious steps to increase the number of women employees right at recruitment stage, but the exits in junior-to-middle levels remain high. “Female enrolment in higher education has gone up by 28% in ten years. In STEM courses, girls and women constitute 43% of enrolment – one of the highest in the world. All these measures are getting reflected in the increasing participation of women in the workforce,” said finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her interim budget speech on Thursday. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read More

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