According to a new survey, Indian women who go to college are more likely to get an associate’s degree and graduate from an undergraduate degree program than women who attend a higher education institution.
The Indian Council of Educational Research (ICER) conducted the survey of 4,600 Indian women between March and April 2017, and it found that while women who attended a higher-education institution had a higher graduation rate than those who attended an institution of higher learning, the degree that graduates from such institutions are less likely to earn a master’s degree.
According to the survey, the highest degree-holding rate among Indian women was achieved by those who studied in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Jaipur.
Among those who did not go to IISc, the rate was only 47 percent, the survey said.
The highest degree holding rate among men was achieved in engineering schools, followed by the humanities, followed in agriculture and natural resources.
The study found that the share of women who completed their bachelor’s degree from IISC dropped to 45 percent in the next 10 years, from 62 percent in 2016.
The highest percentage of women in the study who did achieve a bachelor’s level degree was from the humanities at 73 percent, while the lowest was in agriculture at 23 percent.
The number of women earning bachelor’s degrees dropped from 7,800 in 2016 to 6,000 in 2017, according to the study.
The IIScs research paper said the drop in women’s degrees may be a result of the government’s education reforms which had started in 2015.
The institute said the changes, which came into effect from September 2016, were expected to make women’s educational performance and job placement more equal.
The institute said it had no data on the impact of the reforms on the employment situation of women.
“The impact of education reforms on women’s career outcomes is still unknown and could be related to the social, political, economic and cultural context of the country,” the report said.