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India: Women and Engineering Institutes

nanopolitan about the possible inherent bias against women in the Joint Entrance Examination to some of the premier engineering institutes in India. “Finally, since when have we started allowing our public institutions to hide behind the society moral shortcomings? If the society is screwed up, I would argue that our publicly funded institutions — prestigious premier ones, in particular– should do everything to counteract the social ills. Perversely, the JEE seems to be accentuating the corrosive effects of society's immoral treatment of some of its members.”

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  • […] Abi is infuriated. Of the 3 broad allegations, he tacitly admits that he was wrong on 2 counts. He refused to openly admit it though, and said that he would limit himself to the allegation about gender bias of IIT-JEE. Well, let me just say that we know what that response means. One of the basic rules of Blog-debating is to never ignore any points made by your opponent. Anyway, he writes an angry-sounding post, defending his allegation that IIT-JEE is biased against women. Nothing new, just a repeat of “arguments” he has made in the past. He makes virtually every mistake that an angry person makes – like calling Vivek’s response “beyond silly”. More comments pour in (47 as I type this). His post gets picked up by Neha Vishwanathan (of Global Voices Online) who seems to have carved a career out of pouncing on anything that remotely sounds like a cause feminists can espouse. Displaying the kind of bloggers’ ethics that we have come to expect, she does not bother to allow her readers to consider the possibility that there is another side to this coin. Well, since nobody actually reads GVO, it is okay. […]

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