When 19-year-old Rani turned up at the Equal Opportunity Cell in Delhi Universitys North Campus on Friday,she didnt know that she would go home with a job offer letter in her hand.
With placements in full swing in Delhi University,the Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) has organised a placement session for students with physical disabilities.
The idea behind the initiative was to provide students an opportunity to face interviews and get jobs, Bipin Kumar Tiwari,EOC Officer on Special Study,said.
With three BPOs Vodafone,Aegis and Steria recruiting on Friday,around 40 students have got job offers from them.
I had been told by my teacher that there was a career counselling session at EOC. However,when I reached the campus,I was surprised to find job interviews taking place. I have never given an interview, said Rani Poonam Kumari,a third-year student of BA Programme at PGDAV College,who suffers from 40 per cent orthopaedic disability.
Not only did Rani end up appearing for three interviews,she also got offers from two companies. While one company has given her a job offer,the other has asked her to contact them after completing her graduation.
Fortunately,I was not nervous during the interviews. My family is excited that I have an offer before completing graduation, she said.
Most students welcomed the initiative for the exposure it provided to the physically challenged students. Even though she has not received a job offer yet,Shilpa Sharma said appearing for an interview was a new experience.
Most of us do not reach the interview stage at college placements. But here,at least everyone got an opportunity to appear for an interview, Sharma,a third-year student of Chemistry (Honours) at Hindu College who also suffers from orthopaedic disability,said.