Is Indian Higher Education Experiencing a Quiet Female Revolution?
A quiet revolution may be underway in India’s higher-education system. Making headlines are issues such as India’s need to build thousands of new universities and colleges, faculty and skills shortages, reforms to improve the quality of education, and legislation to permit the entry of Western universities.
What is not making big news is that female students now outnumber men at some elite Indian institutions and this change may even accelerate. This is hardly a new trend in the West, but it’s significant for India for several reasons.
India is one of the few countries in the world where, due to rampant sex selection and cultural factors, men outnumber women. Girls are commonly discriminated against in subtle and crude ways from the time they are born.