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Are IIMs Complying with RPWD Act?: Data on Faculty Members with Disabilities at Institutes of National Importance

Posted in Accessibility, and Disability Support

A volunteer of the Cane Foundation, Mr. Madhava Rao, took up a study on compliance of IIMs with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act from the faculty hiring perspective. He filed RTI applications to  all Indian Institutes of Management which are designated as Institutes of National Importance, in order to understand how many of their faculty members staff are persons with disabilities, and whether they have disability policies to govern their approach to persons with disabilities within the institutes. The results do not paint an encouraging picture to say the least.

A total of 1,444 faculty and non-faculty members work at all IIMs that responded, and only 11 of them are persons with disabilities. Only 4 faculty members in said IIMs are persons with disabilities. Only IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Jammu, have disability policies, and other IIMs have stated that they are following Government rules / guidelines.

The table hereunder provides a summary of the responses received from different IIMs.

Table: Faculty Members with Disabilities at IIMS

Sl. No. Name of the Institute No. Of. faculty and non-faculty members appointed since July, 2017 No. of faculty positions reserved for Persons with Disabilities since July, 2017 No. of faculty members with Disabilities appointed since July, 2017 No. of faculty and non-faculty members No. of faculty and non-faculty members with disabilities
1 IIM, Ahmedabad 117 Did not respond Did not respond 406 Did not respond
2 IIM, Amritsar 16 Did not respond 1 25 nil
3 IIM, Bangalore 22 Did not respond 1 106 1
4 IIM, Indore 19 Did not respond Did not respond 104 Did not respond
5 IIM, Jammu 58 nil nil 34 nil
6 IIM, Kashipur 14 nil nil 60 1
7 IIM, Kozhikode 53 nil nil 167 3
8 IIM, Lucknow 18 nil nil 95 2
9 IIM, Nagpur 18 Did not respond nil 46 nil
10 IIM, Raipur 25 Did not respond nil 58 2
11 IIM, Ranchi 47 Did not respond nil 76 nil
12 IIM, Rohtak 53 nil nil 58 1
13 IIM, Sambalpur 12 Did not respond nil 33 nil
14 IIM, Sirmour 40 Did not respond nil 33 nil
15 IIM, Tiruchy 10 Did not respond nil 56 1
16 IIM, Udaypur 20 Did not respond nil 41 nil
17 IIM, Visakhapatnam 34 Did not respond nil 46 Nil
18 IIM, Kolkata Did not respond to RTI
19 IIM, Bodhgaya Did not respond to RTI
Total 576 Insufficient data
2 1,444 11

 

From the data, it is clear that IIMs are not as inclusive as is desirable of Institutes of National Importance, which are expected to set examples rather than find safe harbors within constricted interpretation of rules.

Can we foresee change in the near future?

Unlikely, because the issue might not be as important for them as their perception of “National Importance.”

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