IIM Kozhikode is creating 60 additional seats for women

IIM Kozhikode, India's premier B-school known for promoting gender diversity in its PGP class, is planning to create 60 additional seats exclusively for women students starting 2021 academic session. Read on to know more.

In a news article published on 20th August, 2018 in the Indian daily, the Times of India, titled, ‘First mover: IIM-Kozhikode to create 60 women-only PGP seats’, it is claimed that the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode is planning to become the first IIM to create 60 additional seats exclusively for women in its flagship Post Graduate Programme (PGP) for Management from the next academic year.


It may be noted that IIM Kozhikode created a record of sorts back in 2013, when it admitted 54% women in the PGP class.  However, the same track could not be maintained since then, as the gender diversity could never touch even 30% in the latest 3 batches (27% in the Class of 2018, 29% in the Class of 2019, and 26% in the Class of 2020).  This action can be interpreted as an extra push for achieving gender diversity in the class.


The concept of achieving gender diversity through ‘supernumerary’ seats is a trend started by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), which decided to admit more women students from the 2018 academic session (14% in 2018) and ultimately earmark 20% supernumerary seats for women by 2026 academic session.


The following table shows the number of students and gender diversity at IIM Kozhikode –


IIM-K Batches

Total Nos. of Students

Nos. of Male Students

Nos. of Female Students

Female Students (% of the Class)

Class of 2020





Class of 2019





Class of 2018






As is evident, the number of women students hardly changed over the 3 batches. So, if the institute is able to add 60 more seats especially for women students, then we can hope that the number of women students can touch 160 (or 35%) in the Class of 2021.


IIM Kozhikode has recently reappointed Prof. Debashis Chatterjee as the Director of the institute, which did not have a full-time director for nearly four years after he completed his term from 2009 to 2014. It was under the leadership of Prof. Chatterjee that the institute was able to enrol 54% women back in 2013.


Economic impact of having more women in the work-force –


According to International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief, Ms. Christine Lagarde, “If the number of female workers were to increase to the same level as the number of men, GDP in India will grow by 27%”.


Interestingly, despite women participation in education in India having gained traction over the past couple of decades, they are not able to break in to the employment scene: women, new graduates make only about 24% of entry-level professionals; of these, about 19% reach senior-level management roles. Understandably, they hold only 7.7% of board seats and just 2.7% of board chairs.


A senior World Bank economist, Mr. Frederico Gil Sander commented that, “India’s female labour force participation rate is uniquely low for all levels of education. 65% of Indian women with college degrees are not working. This number stands at 41% for Bangladesh and Indonesia, and 25% for Brazil.”