Social Issue - Caste and IIMA



On 12th Sept, a news appeared in The Times of India that Dalit IIMA students get less moolah. The news clip is presented here 

BANGALORE: Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) may have boycotted B-school  surveys. But business magazines and research organisations have used Right to Information Act to come up with embarrassing disclosures Dalit students get less money than general category students.
New Delhi-based research organisation Cfore, which conducts an annual B-school survey for a national weekly, used RTI Act to expose the fact that SC/ST students are paid way below general category students during placements and also that the recipient of lowest salary offered is usually a Dalit.

The survey found that the average salary for a Dalit is at least 2 lakh less than the average salary at IIMs. At IIM-A, while the average salary was Rs 9.6 lakh per annual, Dalit students were offered 7.8 lakh. IIMs reserve 22.5% seats for SC/ST students.
"During the survey, we found that Scheduled Castes/Tribes students were mostly recruited by PSUs rather than MNCs.
There were two other findings: that these students have lesser work experience and that they are usually slow-track students who take three years to complete the course instead of two years," Premchand Palety, director, Cfore, told TOI.


Well, let me tell you - the report is quite misguiding. 

Companies don't look at the last name while hiring. Given the crisis of talent in management, even if the IIMA student is from Mars, he would be hired with a good pay!

Dalit students generally have lesser work experience than general category students - hence they get a lower package. I have a SC friend who had 5 years of work ex and he got a senior management position with 12+ lakh salary per annum. Why dalits have lesser experience? Because it's easier to crack CAT through reservations. 

Even if you consider the general category students - those with 2 years and above work ex get on average fatter pay packages. But, that does not mean to ascribe everything on caste.

About merit and slow tract, many general students also repeat the first year. Given the work load@ IIMA, it really requires mentally tough people to go through the courses in flying colours. Every year at least 20 students are made to repeat.  

IMHO, the press should dig a little deeper before publishing such shallow reports. It's totally based on superficial observations of an outsider - someone in the system won't write such a thing! Social responsibility is something which is grossly missing from today's journalism! That needs to be inculcated first! Amen!