Infosys and Caste Reservation in India

While reading news on the OBC Reservation Issue in higher education systems, I am just thinking aloud, what could be the impact if the reservation is applied in Information Technology jobs too? How will the whole system work in such condition where capability and competency comes second to the caste system? Can any company keep deliver high quality products and services and sustain in the business?

I came across an article in DNA India today that Infosys is training about 60 youngsters from North Karnataka belonging to the scheduled caste (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and other backward castes (OBC) at its BPO subsidiary Progeon and 50 of them have already received job offers.

“In the first phase, about 100 people would be trained,” Infosys director and human resources head T V Mohandas Pai told DNA Money. The tech major has also started programmes in engineering and degree colleges called “Campus connect” and “Genesis” to enhance quality of students, so that majority of them are employable.

Is it true that Infosys Technologies not driven by Intellect anymore and going to apply caste level reservation percentages in its recruitment? I sincerely hope that Powered by Intellect part of Infosys will hold good going forward too. If the Infosys trained disadvantaged sections are tested/interviewed along with the rest of crowd, and only those competent people are recruited, Infosys could still keep the high quality employees.

There was another article in Times of India, Reservation in IIT, IIM no solution: Infosys chief. He said that “No doubt there has been social injustice for a majority of the people in our country. It has to be set right. We already have reservation for SC and ST. Expanding it is not the right solution.”.

In a related news article, as part of the globalization and diversification of the company, Infosys Techologies is recruiting 30 interns from Europe. BTW, N R Narayana Murthy has emerged as the Most Admired Business Leader for the fifth consecutive year by business school students.

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