IIM Feminist – Trichy
What makes IIM Trichy unique?
Usually, in B-schools, the number of female students in a batch is a mere fraction of the number of male students. Having studied in an all-boys school which admits girls only to the 11th and 12th grade, for 2 years, I was ready for the experience. When I walked into the auditorium on the first day of our orientation program, unsure, and expecting to see maybe a handful of girls sitting scattered around the hall, I was in for a pleasant surprise. We found out that the 2018-2020 batch had an almost 1:1 ratio of male to female students.
In a world filled with gender inequality, we have to try to weed out the problems as early as possible. It is the duty of schools and other educational institutions to take responsibility and attempt to fix the problem. According to Forbes, women only earn 80% of what men in similar positions earn. Over their lifetimes, male MBA graduates earn as much as $400,000 more than their female counterparts. According to Catalyst, a global nonprofit organisation, among S&P 500 companies in the financial services industry, 54% of the labour force comprises of women. However, among executive and senior-level managers, only 29% are women. What’s even more disturbing is that merely 2% of these CEOs are women.
With statistics as shocking as these, it is imperative for B-schools to take huge strides forward to reduce the gap. IIM Trichy, though a relatively young institute, is leading the way in this regard. Not only has it accepted an almost equal number of male and female students, but it has also ensured that on campus too, there is equality in every sense. All our needs are well-taken care of by the authorities. In the student council, there is a special position of Women’s Secretary, to address any problems that we might have. I believe that this makes the Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli a unique place to be and I couldn’t be prouder and happier to be here.
Which ABG company would you want to work for and why?
If given an opportunity, I would like to work in the Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company Private Limited, which is the corporate research and development centre. I believe research and development should be given utmost priority as it is the centre of all innovation. In today’s world without innovation, there can be no growth. Supported by a state-of-the-art centre and expert scientists and engineers, ABSTCPL is a world-class organization and being a part of it would be an honour.