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21, disabled but not a loser
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, April 29
Vaishnavi Kasturi (21) is determined to get an answer from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, why she was denied admission to the prestigious institution. The visually impaired student is closer to her quest with the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) sending her request under the Right to Information Act to the Central Information Commission.

Vaishnavi thought she had achieved her childhood dream to pursue an MBA when she cleared the CAT examination with a score of 89.29 per cent. With IIM-B setting a cut off of at 86.42 for disabled candidates, she expected to qualify for the next round of tests. However the call never came.

Not the one to take things lying down, Vasihnavi asked the IIM-B to give her information about the credentials of the other candidates with physical disabilities who had made it to the final list. This request was denied following which her family turned to the RTI to compel the institution to come up with answers to their questions. Vaishnavi’s father R K Kasturi while talking to TNS said he was subsequently called for a meeting by the IIM-B authorities who told him that the other candidates in the disability group had work experience or were graduates. “Since I did not have an answer for my daughter we decided to go ahead with our RTI application”, he added.

During the second hearing of Vaishnavi’s application, the KIC ruled that despite substantial funding from the state government, the IIM-B did not come under the jurisdiction or control of the state government. It noted that the IIM-B did not get recurrent funds from the state government and therefore did not come under its control. While sending her application to the Central body, the KIC requested the Central Information Commission to expedite Vaishnavi’s case.

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