Women outnumber men across streams, categories at convocation this year

Nearly 62% of the students who completed various courses including their Bachelors’, Masters’ and Ph.D from the University of Mysore in the academic year 2016-17 are women.

The toppers among them will receive the degree certificates in person at the 98th convocation of the University which will be held on Monday.

Of 19,351 students who have qualified for the bachelors degree, 12,646 are women and the remaining are men. Similarly, 7,576 students have qualified for the master’s degree, of whom 4,213 or 57% are women. Of the 348 medals and cash prizes, 70% is being shared by women.

Even among Ph.D degrees, women are bridging the gap that existed in the past as out of 575 candidates in, 263 (46%) are women and 312 (54%) are men. C. Basavaraj, in-charge Vice-Chancellor, said this was a trend visible across different streams and was reflected across different socio-economic groups.

Across categories

For instance, of 13,583 candidates from the OBC category, 9,024 are women and 4,559 are men. Among the SC/ST candidates, 6,029 candidates have qualified of whom 3,536 are women and 2,493 are men. Among the Scheduled Caste group, there are 4,786 candidates of whom 2,808 are women and 1,978 are men while among the Scheduled Tribes, out of 1,243 candidates, 728 are women and 515 are men.

Prof. Basavaraj pointed out that the overall pass outs from the university had also increased compared to the previous year. While 27,502 candidates qualified to receive their degrees during the 2018 convocation, 24,398 candidates qualified during 2015-16, implying an increase of 3,104 students and a percentage increase of 12.72.

Among those eligible for various degrees, a maximum number of students — 13,641 of them have qualified from the Commerce and Management streams where the number of women (8,076) again surpasses the men. This is also an indicator of the shift in societal preference for commerce and science streams in view of the perceived job opportunities.

Though the number of students qualifying from Arts stream is the second highest, it is only marginally ahead of Science stream unlike in the past when the gap was significant. While 5,699 candidates have qualified in Arts, 5,266 qualified from Science and Technology, of which 3,688 are women.

Ph.D degrees

The Science and Technology stream has produced the highest number of Ph.Ds with 258 scholars eligible to receive their doctorate award. The Arts stream has produced 234 Ph.Ds. Commerce and Management produced 53 Ph.Ds, Education Stream produced 22 Ph.Ds and there are 8 Ph.Ds from the Law stream.

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