GD Monday – There Should Be Reservation For Women In IIMs And Other Business Schools
GD Monday for this season is back!
While GD as a process is scraped at many business schools, the topics can alternatively be used to prepare for WATs as well. The point of this exercise is to cultivate clarity of thought, hone your writing skills, and in general, have an opinion on things that matter.
This week, we are starting with a topic which has been trending for a while now – Reservation for women in IIMs and other Business Schools. Female candidates are given extra marks to promote Gender Diversity on campus. Should there be a reservation for women in IIMs as well? What’s your take on this?
Please remember that GDs and WATs are NOT debates! Pen down your opinions in the Answer section below. Team InsideIIM will moderate the answers to ensure that they are relevant and not abusive. Also, we will have industry professionals and experts from InsideIIM (all ex-IIM, XLRI, MICA only) will rate each argument on the thread on the scale of 10 with some guidance.
So what are you waiting for? Start your prep NOW!
Reservations means-The reservation is undertaken to address the historic oppression, inequality and discrimination faced by those communities and to give these communities a place.
In other countries as norway & singapore where gender ratio is better, reservation may seem an unfair choice but in india,where gender ratio is vulnerable, reservations seem an important step towards achieving equality in education sector.so,reservations in iims for women is a welcome step by government to provide chance to more women to contribute to workforce of country.
A good B-school provides an environment to develop business leaders of tomorrow who have interacted with and received exposure to people from diverse backgrounds. Women and men have had different work and life experiences, to understand which is an essential part of the course curriculum of a B-school. As Mandeep pointed out that the literacy rate of women is far lower than that of men, hence vastly reducing the women applicants, which is stealing away from a multifaceted campus experience of all students. Thus to improve diversity, reservation and a certain push for women, as a group, is required.
I have tried to bring in a perspective not being looked at till now.
Women’s representation in higher education throughout the world is low and India is not exception, Most of Indian B-Schools have a 3:1 ratio.Even in XLRI which is know for its diversity, while the HR batch has an admirable 1:1 ratio the ratio in Business Management is still close to the country average of 3:1 , the reasons for this could be many. Once a woman graduates with an MBA from a top B-School she has to break the glass ceiling in organizations as she is aiming for a seat on the board. While several women today have this drive, not many families support it, and so to encourage such women to go for their dreams it is important to have reservation, this is only until the time that the scales are balanced in classrooms as well as boardrooms
I am a second year Student at XLRI-Jamshedpur
I really don’t think there should be reservations in b-schools for women because of two simple reasons:
- The key issue of gender imbalance in India needs to be addressed in a much more profound way rather than just reserving seats. Will reservation in b-schools address the key issue of gender imbalance in India? Surely not.
- A just and fair society entails equal opportunity for each and every one. “Equal” is the key word. In our attempt to address gender issues, if we are penalizing deserving male candidates, it is akin to throwing the baby out of bathwater.
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