According to experts, the representation of women in the IT sector is just 21% at the entry level, while at the managerial level it falls to 5-7%.
Realising that the usual practices such as providing transportation, flexible working hours, office creches, work from home etc is not enough to encourage women to take up jobs in the tech space, companies are now working towards luring them at college level.
Regional manager of
The Cisco Networking Academy Programme, where curriculum developed by the company is taught to college students, currently has a participation from 20,000 students in
"And 37% are girls. This is highly positive as the programme delves into basic IT, hardware and software skills, networking security and soft skills. All that will motivate them to take up careers in the field," says Walsh.
"The idea is to get more women interested in technology. In coding and development of softwares," says
Experts say courses, hackathons etc help students and professionals network with industry veterans and get a fair idea of what all to expect in their jobs.
"We will hold such events in various cities in
Women in top tech roles
- Managing director, IBM India
- President, Intel India
- Managing director, HP India
- CEO, Capgemini India
- Head, Facebook India
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