- IISc is keen on encouraging more women students to pursue careers in science and engineering, in order to address the gender inequality in science and technology. The Institute has produced several outstanding women scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.
- During the academic year 2016-17, about 25% of students at IISc were women. This proportion has been increasing continuously in recent times. To support this increasing number, the Institute plans to establish a new women’s hostel with modern amenities.
- Women students admitted to IISc’s academic programmes are selected through the rigorous KVPY, JEE, GATE and other national schemes. The cutoffs for admissions are among the highest in the country. Some of the brightest women students and researchers from all over India are admitted into IISc. These are highly qualified women pursuing research and degree programmes in cutting-edge science and engineering streams. The current hostel facilities are not adequate enough to provide comfortable living conditions for these students.
- Several women students also come from disadvantaged sections of the community and from backward regions and far-flung areas such as the Northeast. They may not be able to afford alternative accommodation outside campus. It is imperative that the Institute provides sufficient, secure and comfortable accommodation for all of them.
- Details of the Project:
The hostel block has 203 single seated rooms for women students. Each room is self-contained with a table, chair, cot, almirah, bookshelf and rack. The building has ground plus three floors. Each floor has been designed with necessary facilities as per the prevailing guidelines for women students to stay comfortably.
There is a separate Mess hall which is a Ground plus two floors building. The mess hall can accommodate over 300 students at a time.
The total built up area is 7250sqm (77380.96sqft).
The total cost of the project is estimated to be over Rs. 20 crores.
- Inauguration of the Project:
The ladies hostel block and the mess hall were inaugurated on 19th September 2019 at 11.45AM by Shri A.S Kiran Kumar, Former Chairman, ISRO and former Secretary, DOS, Government of India and currently member of the council, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
The dignitaries from M/S Jindal Aluminium Ltd., were present on the occasion besides the Director of IISc and other senior faculty members, staff and students.