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A helping hand for the disabled

| Updated on: Dec 18, 2017
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Of late, skilling, re-skilling and upskilling have become buzzwords. Vindhya E-Infomedia, a Bengaluru-based Business Process Outsourcing solutions firm, has found an interesting route for skilling – it largely employs those with disabilities. “We don’t look at any specific qualification for hiring when we hire people with disabilities. But what we look for is attitude. It is a basic qualification,” says Ashok Giri D, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vindhya E-Infomedia.

About 70 per cent of the 1,700 people in the BPO have disabilities. The rest are women who don’t have support structures. Ashok says even his clients realised that they stand second to none when it comes to performance.

Interestingly, one-fourth of the staff work on client sites spread across the country.

The firm, which has two centres in Bengaluru and one in Hyderabad, provides back-office services, with strengths in micro-finance, loan processing and data entry.

Vision

Ashok, who founded this firm with his wife Pavitra YS in 2006, with the objective “business with philanthropy”, says about 11 per cent of the population have physical or visual disabilities.

Not finding enough avenues to make the disabled productive, Vindhya E-Infomedia began to identify potential candidates with the help of government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Recognising Vindhya’s niche expertise, the Telangana government has sanctioned 10 acres in Hyderabad to build an exclusive training centre. “We have just signed the agreement with the State government. The phase-I of the project will begin in a few months,” he says.

It is working with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) to build a Centre of Excellence for training those with special needs at the upcoming 10-acre facility in Hyderabad.

Girls In Tech India is yet another organisation that focuses on upskilling the youth. The organisation, which promotes an entrepreneurship ecosystem for women, works with global players such as Hilary Weber of UC Berkeley, engineering colleges and corporates to equip college girls in rural and semi-urban areas with entrepreneur skills.

Published on March 10, 2018

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