"In each IIM, around 400 students take admission out of which not even 25 per cent are girls. We are far ahead in this respect. We have around 40-45 per cent girls in each batch, and it is much higher than the IIMs and other business schools," said CIMP director Dr. V Mukunda Das.
Dr Das made this observation in connection with a recent report that 100 women had managed to get admission in the 2012-14 batch of IIM Bangalore - a record for the institute.
For IIM Bangalore, women constitute close to 25 per cent of the total class strength of 377. IIM Ahmedabad has this year admitted 64 girl students (16.8%) while 51 girls (11%) have got admission in the two-year programme of IIM Calcutta.
Set up in 2008 by the Nitish Kumar government as an autonomous institution, CIMP largely follows all processes and systems of IIMs. "But we have some distinctive features, such as a judicious gender ratio in our batches which is not prevalent in the IIMs," he said.
"The international norm for percentage of women in good management schools is 40-50 per cent. We have been conforming to this international norm since our first batch," said the CIMP director, who is a renowned expert on rural marketing and taught at IIM Kozhikode.
CIMP encourages meritorious women participants through substantial fee waiver in the form of generous merit scholarships, he pointed out. "There is no separate procedure for selection of women, except the reservation policy of the state government that is followed by us. In a woman candidate, we look for her communication skills, attitude, confidence level, independence of thought and willingness to learn and work."
Dr Das asserted that enrolling a fairly decent number of women in professional courses does not entail a compromise on merit. "We take into account a host of factors for selecting a girl candidate, and these include the CAT score, academic consistency, work experience, intelligence and her overall personality," he said.
"The vindication for our approach to a judicious gender ratio comes from the fact that we have been ensuring 100 per cent placement for all the students," Dr Das said, adding that women graduates are decently placed in development, HR, marketing and finance sectors,
Dr Das said women graduates are increasingly making their mark and turning to be excellent leaders in many sectors, including banking, insurance, IT, pharmaceuticals, biotech and media and advertising.
Elaborating, he said Shipa Priya, a CIMP graduate, was offered a job in one of the best companies in India at a whopping package of Rs 12 lakh. Similarly, Ms Kirti, a topper of the second batch, was also recruited by the same company.
CIMP has achieved 100 per cent placement record for all its batches with renowned brands and companies like L&T, Ernst & Young, Ogilvy & Mather, Airtel, HDFC Bank, Tata Advanced Systems and Café Coffee Day, driving into the campus to recruit management talents.
"CIMP offers excellent education, decent placements, locational advantage conducive for study, attractive financial assistance and a very friendly atmosphere for women candidates," said the B School director.
He also scotched the prevailing notion that top recruiters had biases against women graduates. "On the contrary, several prestigious companies prefer them because there is a dearth of qualified and sophisticated women in business."
Top companies in the world, whether in India or outside, are giving top positions to women. "Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg are now occupying leadership positions at Yahoo! and Facebook. In India too, Shikha Sharma and Kalpana Morparia are at the helm of Axis Bank and JPMorgan India," he said, adding: "These are only the few examples of women proving themselves as quality business leaders."