IIMs are friendly place for differently-abled MBA aspirants. The premier B-schools of India ensure good placements for the students of persons with disabilities (PWD) category and extend their full support in making them excel in their careers.
Role of Indian Corporate Sector
In addition, there are companies in Indian corporate sector that are increasingly appointing differently-abled IIM graduates and offering them lucrative roles and job profiles. Various IIM PWD category graduates have been offered roles in corporate social responsibility (CSR) obligations to tap a loyal talent pool. These firms are encouraged by the government’s inclusive initiatives such as the Accessible India campaign.
In 2017, five IIMs (namely Bangalore, Indore, Calcutta, Lucknow and Tiruchirappalli) have placed more than 50 PWD candidates with disorders ranging from visual and hearing to locomotive. In addition, the salaries offered to them does not show a declining trend of compared with other graduates. They were offered salaries up to Rs 20 lakh.
In this regard Rajluxmi V Murthy, chairperson, office of disability services, at IIM Bangalore said that “Our PWD students are no different from the rest of the batch in terms of what they can achieve. The fact that they have been able to leverage their abilities and make it to the PGP (post-graduate programme in management) despite the not-so-accessible environment in our country, itself speaks volumes of their capabilities.”
In 2017, IIM Lucknow placed six differently abled students in Amazon, DaburBSE -0.09 %, L’Oreal, Janalakshmi Finance, TCS and Value Prospects. The list included 21-year-old Paridhi Verma, who has only 10% vision. She will join Janalakshmi Bank.
Alongside, At IIM Indore, as high as 18 PWD candidates have been placed successfully. Organisations including Capgemini, Cognizant Business Consulting, L&T, Tata PowerBSE -0.45 %, Tata Steel and Tata Trust have hired multiple candidates in roles such as consulting, finance, general management, marketing and operations.
PWD Quota in IIMs
In India, educational institutions have 3% reservation for students with disabilities. But to our surprise several institutes are unable to fulfill the quota.
Organisations such as the Mahindra Group provide better physical infrastructure for their PWD employees and conduct sensitisation exercises among other employees. Companies have an opinion that differently-abled candidates are often untapped pools of talent.