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Percentage of Indian women graduates in STEM higher compared to developed nations; proud Twitterati call it a 'welcome step'

01:11 PM Jul 20, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

The percentage of women graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at tertiary level in India is higher compared to developed nations like the US, UK, Germany and France, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday.

While in India the female share of graduates in STEM was 42.72 per cent in 2016, that of the United States was 33.99 per cent, Germany 27.14, United Kingdom 38.10, France 31.81 and Canada 31.43 per cent.

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The trend continued in 2017 and 2018 when the percentage of women in STEM in India was 43.93 and 42.73.

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To a question seeking details of the number of STEM graduates over the last three years and whether there are more men than women in STEM, Pradhan shared the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) data for past three years which revealed that while the number of men have decreased from 12.48 lakh in 2017-18 to 11.88 lakh in 2019-20, the number of women grew from 10 lakh to 10.56 lakh during the same period.

The minister also shared a set of World Bank data which showed that at least till 2016 there are more Indian women graduate in STEM compared to the US, UK, Germany and France, among others.

The news has made Indians across the globe proud who are now taking to social media to express their happiness.

Here's what people are saying. Have a look.

With inputs from PTI.

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