IIM Lucknow felt that there was an urgent need to address the issue of improving representation and opportunities for Socio Economically deprived students at IIM’s. After many discussions a workable road map evolved where it was decided that in the pilot phase around 40-60 promising students (belonging to Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribes category) who are amenable to Management Studies from colleges around Lucknow, would be picked. They would be then groomed and coached for two – three months by some external professional agency which has an expertise in training especially for CAT. IIM Lucknow would pay for all expenses incurred in the form of fee of the trainers etc. as a part of Institute’s CSR initiative. To be fair in the process, IIM Lucknow will have no role in selection and training of these candidates and would neither have any influence on any CAT related process.
For CAT 2012, IIM Lucknow has selected TEAM SATYAM as its preferred vendor to select and prepare a batch of 50 SC/ST candidates taking CAT 2012 and also groom these candidates for the next stage of Post Graduate Programme in Management Admission Process. Other than this exercise TEAM SATYAM is in no way associated with IIM Lucknow with regards to CAT 2012. This special exercise for SC/ST candidates in no way ensures their admission to the Post Graduate Programme in Management of any IIM or at any other programme of any Business School which accepts the CAT score.
Dr. Devi Singh, Director, IIM Lucknow said that this exercise would help all the IIM’s to get quality students from the socio economically deprived categories. It would also be an incentive for brilliant students from these categories to dream big, focus their energies in a constructive manner for socioeconomic upliftment. Initially these project would be restricted to Lucknow region (but the candidates can be from any where in India) for the purpose of easy monitoring and evaluation. Based on the results and feedback, the same can be extended to other cities across India next year.