IT-giant Wipro offers jobs to hearing impaired

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 3: IT-giant Wipro has offered jobs to six deaf students from the National Institute of Speech & Hearing (Nish), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The students have been offered jobs with Wipro's Global Services Management Centre, Mysore in addition to an additional paid Masters degree from BITS Pilani.

"Wipro has employed over 300 people with disability but this is the first time that it has enrolled disabled students into the Wipro Academy for Software Excellence (WASEWASE offers BSc, BCA and BCM employees the opportunity to take up an MS course in Computer Science at BITS Pilani. The students from Nish will join our other employees with a similar degree for a stipend and also pursue a career, no concessions are being offered to them," said Annice Joseph, Senior Manager, Diversity Initiative, Wipro.

"In 2008, Kerala University agreed to certify the degree programmes. Nish conducts two practical-oriented programmes in BSc Computer Science (Hearing Impaired) and a four-year BA Fine Arts (HI), in the sixth and eighth semesters respectively at Rs 5,000 per semester with concessions for SC/ST and scholarship students," said Shirly G, HoD, Degree (HI).

"They conducted technical and English language interviews and offered jobs to six of them. They will be joining in two weeks. Companies from Technopark have also shown interest in hiring our students," said Samuel Mathew, Executive Director, Nish.

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