ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar: ‘Do you not need entrance exams which are more all-round?’
- JWB Post
- November 7, 2015
Ever wondered why there is always a shortage of women in science and engineering?
ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar has blamed the excessive focus on quantitative aptitude for the low representation of women in management. She says, “The MBA entrance exams are so quantitative-oriented that it keeps out more and more women from joining the MBA classes. If we were to make the entrance exams more all-rounded you could see more participation. If there is a course that is quant-oriented, you need to focus on that but if it is a course that is more general management oriented, do you not need entrance examinations which are more all-round? A very important ingredient of this is to create a merit-based, gender-neutral work environment.”
Doesn’t it make sense? It is so important to provide an environment for women where they can actually grow, but how? She guides, “There is a need to make the work environment as conducive as possible, when women start their families and child bearing. Special interest should be taken during that period to ensure they do not fall off from the working population at that stage.”