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    WoW !

    So, finally, the CAT is out of the BAG.
    Congratulations and Hats off to Ms. Vaishanavi Kasturi.
    In my opinion, one of the best success stories of the RTI Act.
    The best part is, all those people who studied a solid 18 months for CAT must be really upset with the revelation.

    Now we have to wait till July 31 to see the result of the UPSC case.


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    You are absolutely right Karira. It is one of the very few threads that I have been following up, to end on such a successful note. The perseverance of Vaishnavi & her father Mr Kasturi deserves a special mention.

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    IIM aspirant denied admission

    Friday, August 3, 2007 (Bangalore)

    A visually impaired student has claimed that she was unfairly denied admission by the IIMs despite high scores.

    Vyshnavi Kasturi filed a case under the RTI Act after being denied admission to IIM Bangalore (IIM B) despite scoring an impressive 89.5 percentile in her CAT score.

    Shortly after the case came to light, the institute decided, for the first time ever, to clearly spell out admission criteria on the Internet. The institute says it has no separate reservation for the differently abled.

    ''Of course it hurts that Vyshanvi has not been able to make it. But we've come a long way. The personal battle might be slipping away from their hands but the larger cause has certainly been benefited. The IIM has now for the first time ever displayed its admission criteria on the Internet and will have to update it before every admission year,'' said R K Kasturi, Vyshnavi's father.

    This for Vyshnavi means more than the seat itself.

    ''I am really happy that there are others who have benefited out of this battle that I have been fighting along with my family,'' said Vyshnavi.

    But all hope is not lost as the family prepares to appeal to the High Court for a separate reservation for the visually impaired in educational institutes.

    NDTV.com: IIM aspirant denied admission

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    The girl who took on the IIMs and dared to be different
    Debanish Achom 09 October 2007, Tuesday

    GETTING ADMISSION into the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) is tough but not an impossible task. But what was tough and impossible was to find out how exactly the hallowed business school evaluated students who sat through the Common Admission Test (CAT). The public release of the information about how weightage is given to those who sit through CAT was made possible by the dedicated efforts of a bright student from Bangalore. She made IIM-B reveal how candidates were evaluated in CAT.

    Vaishnavi Kasturi, a promising student from Bangalore got 89.29 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2006 and the cut-off percentile being 86.42, she thought she will make it. But IIM-Bangalore refused to admit her. The CAT was ready to jump out of the bag. “Some tell me I’ve enjoyed my 15 minutes of fame. I don’t agree. The thing is at least people now know whether they should chain themselves to CAT,” she says. “The information IIM-B gave to me clearly showed that high school scores are important. So somebody who scored very high in CAT and low in the school boards will be sad to find they didn’t get through,” she says, “Now the public knows the weightage and they can make better decisions,” she added.

    “I’ve come out stronger now,” Vaishnavi says. “There are more important things in life than CAT,” she says. “Oh! I love Carnatic music,” her smile says it all. She was given the Award for Excellence by the Governor of Karnakata.

    Vaishnavi suffers from low vision, also known as RP(Retinitis Pigmentosa). She was diagnosed with RP at the age of 8. She wrote the CAT under the ‘People with Disability’(PWD) category. And she wanted to know why she was not selected although she scored above the cut-off percentile. “First we decided to meet the IIM Bangalore officials,” says her father, R K Kasturi. “When we asked them to tell us the methodology of judging candidates, they replied that it was a trade secret,” he says with bewilderment. “Nobody can run away with hiding education under the garb of being a trade secret,” he asserts.

    Using the Right to Information Act (RTI), Vaishnavi asked the IIM-B to reveal “how they have evaluated her”. IIM-B replied by saying “it’s a trade secret,” again! By then it was too much. Questioning the IIM about the marks weightage and why it is not shared is necessary, says R K Kasturi.
    “Vaishanavi’s rank in CAT was 19 out of 680 students under PWD category. Her ranking in 10th and 12th standard was different and hence she lost. This they refused to give officially which led to speculations,” he says.

    Finally, she went to the Central Information Commission, and the Commission directed IIM-B to release information regarding how those sitting in the high posts in the IIMs judge the lives of lakhs of candidates, some of who hinge their fate to CAT. IIM-B for the first time in 25 years put the information on their website. “I won this,” she says.
    This has clearly revealed that CAT is not given much importance and IIM concentrates more on 10th and 12th scores. “But where is the comparison? Intelligence required to be successful at CAT and high school exams are two different yardsticks,” says R K Kasturi.

    “I want to say that people must come forward to ask questions. Every time CAT results are declared, they should ask questions if they honestly feel dissatisfied,” says Vaishnavi. “What happens is that disabled people’s abilities are underestimated. Somebody bright in Maths may be forced to take Arts and become a telephone operator in the end just because he or she is blind or deaf,” she says. Her father agrees. It’s the mindset of the parents and society as well that should change, he says. “Let physically challenged people do what they want. Don’t stop them,” he says.
    Twelve blind students have appeared for CAT this year. The number is going to increase as more and more people become aware of the CAT process. “I love cricket too,” she says.
    The girl who took on the IIMs and dared to be different

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    I agree with you karira and Ganpatji,
    This is one of the best success story of RTI and i was reading with the eagerness of a good movie to find out what happens in the end.
    Any further update, did she finally managed to get a seat??

    There is one aspect which amuses me. That does the IIM believes that a student cannot improve during the graduation process. I know many students who were not that good in the X & XII but they improved like anything in the graduation. [ I am among one of them ]

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    Maneesh,

    Finally she did not get in. Her X and XII marks were not upto the mark.
    You are correct in saying that there is abnormal emphasis on those in the admission criteria....but atleast we know now what is the weightage for each type of criteria. Imagine the plight of those who enrolled for CAT classes and put in 1 or 2 years of hard work..only to find out that CAT has no weightage in the selection criteria. CAT is only used as a cut-off for going to the next stage of GD and interview. Only if the final scores (taking into account all criteria) are the same for two candidates, the final selection is based on who got higher marks in CAT and the number of questions answered in each section of CAT. Coaching classes must have made huge amounts of money just because this was kept as a "Trade Secret" by IIM.
    Recently, in another decision, CIC wants IIM to disclose CAT scores. Please see:
    http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/1553-c...at-scores.html

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    Posted by Uma on MyNews.in: Every Citizen Portal,India,World,Developement,Business,Politics News,Live Chat on 9/1/2008

    CAT 2007 results show how scared IIMs are: An inside story*YOUTH & CAREER*NEWS MyNews.in:
    CAT 2007 results show how scared IIMs are: An inside story
    How a visually impaired girl brought down the elitist MBA Institutes

    The CAT 2007 results are just out. Media reports say that 2.3 lakh candidates had appeared for the examinations. For those, who made it to the next round, congratulations, for those, who did not, here''s some solace.

    For long, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) could do no wrong. Out of every 100 applications to the IIMs, just one student got through one of the seats to the six IIMs. For those who did not get in, it was a terrible of waste of one full year or more in preparation and worse, they did not even know whey they did not make it. All this, until recently.

    22 year old Vaishnavi Kasturi is an intelligent budding manager. She scored over 85 percentile marks in her CAT 2006 exam. She also did her group discussion and personal interview well at IIM Bangalore where she was called. However, to her shock, she was not selected. The reason- Vaishavi is visually impaired. When Vaishnavi asked the IIM-B officials why she was not selected, she was told that IIMs do not disclose their admission criteria, as it is a 'trade secret'. An agitated Vaishnavi filed an RTI application and after long months of struggle managed to win the case.

    Although Vaishnavi joined another college offering MBA, her travails with justice have meant that for the first time the IIMs will be disclosing all their sectional cut-offs officially on their websites. This is a historic step considering that any higher body has hardly questioned the IIMs over their admission process since their inception in the 1960s.

    Reports have shown that other IIMs have also hidden RTI applications filed on them by young students whose only objective to do so was not to question the judgement but to learn where they went wrong in the first place.

    Till recently, the IIMs were seen in major battles with the HRD ministry under which the institutes come. IIM wants more freedom in its decisions while the HRD ministry wants more control. That tussle maybe a long battle but the fact is that the IIMs have become very apprehensive over any slur on their brand name and have wisely taken the first step to restore student confidence. Surely, they know that there are several other good colleges in the country offering a MBA programme including ISB, SP Jain, XLRI, JBIMS and others.

    For student information-There are seven IIMs in India. One each at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, Kolkata and Shillong. Results show that those students who scored over 98 percentile overall and over 25 per cent in each of the sections i.e. Maths, English, Logic would most likely have cleared the first round. Each IIM has over 250 seats for the two-year management course called PGP except the one at Shillong, which has just started this year and will have 60 seats.
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