[AI] The girl who made IIMs go public

nikitavaid nikivaid at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 00:15:06 EDT 2007

commendable!! indeed.
 dear list  members can some 1 give me her personal contact details?
thanking you in advance.
regards, nikita vaid.
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From: "Dinesh Kaushal" <dineshkaushal at hotmail.com>
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Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 8:37 AM
Subject: [AI] The girl who made IIMs go public

> Vicky Nanjappa
> September 18, 2007
> Vaishnavi Kasthuri has the 'never say die' attitude. It was this attitude
> that helped this 21-year-old visually-impaired girl from Bangalore in her
> fight
> for transparency in the prestigious Indian Institute of
> Management-Bangalore.
> Vaishnavi, who is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration
> degree from a reputed college in Bangalore, thought she was on course to
> fulfill
> her dreams after having scored 89.29 per cent in the CAT examination. It 
> had
> been her ambition to join the IIMB.
> IIMB had a prescribed cut-off of 86.42 per cent for students with
> disability. Vaishnavi waited for a call to the next round, but it never
> came. Not losing
> hope, she decided to approach the management institute to find out why she
> was not among the list of candidates. From here began the battle royal.
> Vaishnavi sought information about the credentials of other candidates 
> with
> physical disabilities who had made it to the final list. However, her
> request
> was denied outright. She was forced to the seek recourse under the Right 
> to
> Information Act.
> R K Kasthuri, Vaishnavi's father, told rediff.com that IIMB had called him
> for a meeting. However, he did not get any information regarding his
> daughter.
> Thereafter, he decided it was time to fight it out. In fact, he was told
> that the selection process at the IIM was a trade secret.
> The Karnataka State Information Commission, headed by K K Mishra, ruled 
> that
> the matter fell under the purview of the Centre, as the IIMB did not come
> under
> the jurisdiction of the state government.
> The matter was then heard by the Central Information Commission, which
> directed that the criteria for selection ought to be made public. 
> Following
> this,
> the IIM did convey to Vaishnavi that her candidature had not been 
> considered
> as she had not have the requisite marks in her Standard 10th and 12th
> examinations.
> Though Vaishnavi did not make it to the top management institute, but she
> did win her battle. The question that Vaishnavi poses is: "Why do they
> insist
> on CAT when they do not attach too much importance to it?"
> However, she is glad her case will be a benchmark for all students who 
> apply
> in IIM in the time to come.
> "Even if a student is rejected, he or she has the right to know why the
> candidature did
> not come through," says Vaishnavi.
> Her family is beaming with pride. They are proud to have a daughter like
> Vaishnavi. A visit to the family clearly shows how they stand together in
> Vaishnavi's
> fight. Her mother, Sujatha Kasthuri, decided to remain a housewife for her
> daughter's sake.
> A proud mother says that her daughter is disciplined and unlike other
> mothers, she does not have to worry too much about her since she does not
> have to
> be told what to do. My daughter converts all the negative energy into
> positive energy, she adds.
> Vaishnavi considers her brother, Vishwak, as her best friend. He takes her
> to the gym in the morning and is with her when he gets time of his studies
> and
> cricket. Does it bother Vishwak that his sister is walking away with all 
> the
> adulation? "No, her battle is like my own," says Vishwak, while proudly
> showing
> a photograph of his sister, him and ace Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar
> together.
> This is not the first time that Vaishnavi has hit the headlines. She made
> her family proud when Karnataka Governor T N Chaurvedi presented her an
> award
> for her achievements during the Independence Day celebrations in the 
> state.
> At present, she wants to complete her MBA and join some top company. Every
> day she records her lectures at college and comes back home and listens to
> it
> over and over again She has a specially-designed computer for her studies.
> She says girls in her college are nice and helpful too.
> But will she join IIMB, if they were to call her? The answer from 
> Vaishnavi:
> "NO."
> http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/sep/18spec.htm
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