The management and communication institute MICA in Ahmedabad sees a growing interest of female students in its various courses, especially in the two-year PGP flagship course. Post-graduate programs 2020-22 (PGP) registered the highest number of female students for a batch – more than the number of male students enrolled in the same course.
The 2020-22 PGDM Communication and PGDM batch includes 119 female students, or nearly 55 percent of the 216 enrolled students. This is the highest female strength in a batch for at least five years. The 2016-18 batch had a total strength of 180, of which 84 were female and 96 male students.
MICA President and Director Shailendra Raj Mehta said: “Our MICAT entry test not only tests students’ analytical skills, but also their creative skills. We are looking for students with left brain skills as high as those for the right brain. Women are inherently creative. As a result, they have performed well and are mostly represented in all three of our programs this year without being given a preference. “
According to MICA, the Fellow Program in Management (FPM) is made up of almost 90 percent women with seven female and one male student, while Crafting Creative Communication (CCC) is made up of 27 percent female students. A total of 41 students are women.
“We also have a significant proportion of female faculty members – now almost 50 percent,” said the director of the institute.
Preeti Shroff, Dean, MICA, said the curriculum emphasizes lifelong learning to promote sustainable female leaders. “We encourage debates and discussions on issues that women face in the workplace and in society in India and around the world.”
“Based on my interactions with students, I would say that students see MICA as a safe place where different views and ideas are welcomed and all genders are offered equal opportunities,” said Ruchi Tewari, chairperson, admissions at MICA.