delhi to have first technical university only for women
NEW DELHI: Delhi will soon have the country's first technical university exclusively for women to boost their participation in the field of science and technology.
The decision was taken today at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The Women's Technical University will be made functional by upgrading the existing Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology.
To establish the university, the Cabinet has given its approval to the draft of the Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University Bill, 2012 which will be introduced in Assembly.
It is proposed to be a non-affiliating university, aimed at ensuring an environment for excellence in engineering education and ensure active participation of women in engineering, science and technology.
"Delhi will become the first state to have an exclusive technological university for women. It is expected that the new university will impart engineering education to more and more girls of Delhi," Dikshit said.
"It will also facilitate additional enrolment of women in technological courses as parents are often reluctant to send their daughters outside Delhi for higher education. It is expected that the student strength will increase to almost two times the current strength in next few years," she said.
Focussing on the participation of women engineers in nation building and encouraging technical education among women, she said, it is necessary to establish institutions and universities exclusively for women.
The new university will provide opportunity for accelerated growth of women in technical education, technology incubation and product innovation vital for women empowerment and the growth of industries in NCR and the country at large, she said.