[AI] The girl who made IIMs go public

Abdul Razique Khan 1988.abdul at gmail.com
Thu Sep 20 04:55:26 EDT 2007


Really inspiring.
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> 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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> 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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