Hyderabad: These are no ordinary techies. They fought against all odds, overcame challenges and struggled with testing times when recruiters scanned their physical conditions instead of capabilities and educational qualifications.
Now, around 60 of them are smiling ear to ear after finally bagging a good job, that too in the same office. B Jagan, one of them, remembers how he, like many of his colleagues, was turned down by many firms citing his physical condition. “They could not see that we were differently abled. There are many like us with diplomas or some sort of qualification that could surely land them a job in a BPO or any of the IT-enabled services firms, but still without jobs,” he says.
The advent of Vindhya e-Infomedia Private Limited, with its office inaugurated by IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Friday at Uma Nagar in Begumpet, promised to change their lives, says Jagan, a resident of Musheerabad, who is with the human resources wing of Vindhya.
And Vindhya, though it might seem like any other BPO, is different. Around 75 per cent of its employees are differently abled, ranging from the physically challenged to hearing impaired and even socially disadvantaged women.
What Pavithra YS, managing director, and Ashok Giri D, CEO and director, managed to do in the last 11 years, was to bring business and philanthropy together and across different States, employ close 1,400 persons, including the differently abled.
“They needed an opportunity to prove themselves, and we provide it,” says Ashok, who says Vindhya aims at recruiting 500 employees in Hyderabad this year, while the target is at least 5,000 across Telangana by 2020.
“Telangana is promising when it comes to availability of resources. The encouragement for us, particularly from IT Minister KT Rama Rao and IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, was overwhelming,” says Ashok, adding that they were considering extending operations in Telangana to a tier II city as well, probably Warangal.
The differently abled in their centres, which offer services in data processing, call centre solutions, data scanning and process management, are found with the help of NGOs, who provide candidates with basic training, after which they are trained in soft skills and other necessary tasks by Vindhya.