The decision is expected to receive the VC’s approval in the meeting of the university’s
working council scheduled for July 15.
Yet another male bastion has been decisively breached. It’s
a long-held myth that girls struggle with numbers and finance. Well,
try telling that to Maitreyee Narayansing Rajaput, Arti Jain and Charmy Suresh Sheth.
The three young women have made history by sweeping the top three all-India positions
in this years chartered accountancy exam, considered one of the most difficult to
What’s more, the pass percentage of girls surpassed that of boys. While 2,368 (21.9%)
of the 10,816 girls who appeared for the CA finals this year cleared the last hurdle,
the pass percentage was 19.8% for the boys, with 4,277 successful aspirants out
of the 21,603 who took the exam. The top rank has been bagged by 21-year-old Maitreyee
Narayansing Rajaput of Pune. Speaking to TOI, Rajaput, the daughter of a retired
high school teacher, said she was excited that the top rankers were girls. However,
she refused to read too much into the girls versus boys debate and said it could
be pure coincidence that the top three rankers were female.
Rajaput said she was surprised at her achievement but had always been good with
numbers. I hope more and more girls will be drawn towards accountancy as a profession,
she said. The second rank went to Arti Jain of Bikaner while Charmy Sheth from Mumbai
stood third. Industry observers said the result reflected a growing trend of young
women doing well in the financial sector. We are really proud of the fact that girls
have bagged the top three positions in the CA final exam. While intellectually they
are second to none, there is also a sense of comfort that corporates draw while
hiring them, though there is no bias, said G. Ramaswamy, president of Institute
of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
Sanjhi Agrawal, who topped the CA exams in 2010, said she was not surprised at this
years results. Please remember that this is not a one-off and is now a trend. Girls
have regularly topped the CA exams and it was just a matter of time before all the
three ranks were bagged by females. She added that girls are increasingly opting
for a shot at the CA profession. I passed out from Shri Ram College of Commerce
in 2008 and around 50-60% of the students were female, said Agrawal. A veteran CA,
who passed out of SRCC in 1976, pointed out that only 20 of the 300-odd commerce
students were girls in his time.
Agrawal said a large number of girls were inclined to chartered accountancy as it
is a reliable career option. It offers a very safe and secure position and one is
certain to find a good placement and job. Also, the number of girls doing well acts
as an inspiration to others. Ex-ICAI president Sunil Talati said there was good
reason for the girls success. Girls are by and large more sincere, studious and
devoted to what they do. This has seen them pick up in the CA exams.
Courtesy: Times of India