IT-ITeS is one of India's fastest-growing industries, and it's a popular choice among young people. Surprisingly, the gender divide in this industry, which existed five years ago, is narrowing. India's IT-ITeS workforce numbers 3.9 million persons, with 1.3 million (about 34 percent) of them being women. This has resulted in a rise in the demand for IT-ITES courses.

Young people want to take professional short-term courses in order to earn a decent job. Short-term courses focusing on improving technical and soft skills required in IT-ITES employment are now available through a variety of professional skill development platforms. More girls are opting for these courses as a result of the increase of online learning and work-from-home (WFH) opportunities.

After completing the course, work opportunities exist in a variety of fields, including administration, finance, telecommunications, human resources, healthcare, outsourcing, and banking, among others. For people wishing to transition from non-IT to IT, courses like Business Intelligence, Data Analytics, User Experience Design, Growth Hacking, and Web Analyst Specialist are in high demand. Because of the increased labour demands, programming courses such as Java, Ruby, and Ruby on Rails are becoming increasingly popular. Aside from growth, there is a strong community of learners that assist one another.

Changes in the system: The Indian educational environment has seen significant transformations. During the school years, there has been an effort to cultivate an enthusiasm for STEM disciplines among girls. This piqued their attention, prompting them to enrol in IT-ITeS courses.

Girls are breaking free from patriarchal restraints and pushing beyond traditional conceptions of what they can and cannot achieve as a result of increased access to education and job counselling. They've realised that in male-dominated fields like IT-ITeS, they have the opportunity to shine.

More institutions: Over the last decade, the number of private institutions providing such courses has expanded as well. Many of them collaborate with overseas institutions that provide high-quality education. They also urge girls to pursue IT and ITeS subjects.

Changed attitudes regarding education: The pandemic has altered people's attitudes toward education. Corporations welcome the opportunity to engage with brilliant individuals of either gender. Many women have been motivated to enrol in courses in this field as a result of this.

(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in The Hindu. The original article can be found at https://www.thehindu.com/education/why-are-more-indian-women-opting-for-it-ites-courses/article38400873.ece)