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Job fair for disabled kicks off, 450 candidates turn up on Day 1
11 january 2013
The two–day job fair organised by NGO Ekansh Trust for people with various disabilities kicked off at Harshal Hall in Kothrud on
Thursday. As many as 18 companies including Thermax, Forbes Marshall, Infosys, SKF, Cummins, Amdocs, HSBC, Praj
Industries Ltd, BNY Mellon, participated in the fair that saw over 450 candidates turn up on Day one.
Anil Bhausaheb Chabukshar (23), who is visually–challenged since birth, came all the way from Ahmednagar to attend the fair.
Sitting patiently with a form in his hand, he said, "I have been working for a call centre in Ahmednagar for the past three years. I
am confident I will be able to bag a job as I have some experience." By evening, at least four companies interviewed over 250 of
them. "Another 60 candidates will be interviewed on Friday morning. We are expecting at least 450 or more candidates on day–
two," said Girish Sharangpani, founder member, Ekansh Trust.
The initiative, supported by Confederation of Indian Industry, saw over 50 student volunteers and 5 faculty members of
Vishwakarma Institute of Management present at the fair to handle different responsibilities.
Physically–challenged since birth Mrunal Mimnokar (22) arrived at the venue on a wheelchair. Waiting in the queue for her turn
to appear for the interview, she said, "I am a third year student of B.Com and do not have any work experience. I have decided
not to be selective and do any job that I can do sitting on my wheelchair.“
Managing trustee and founder of Ekansh Trust Anita Narayan clarified that the trust does not guarantee a job to every candidate
attending the fair. "Also, we cannot guarantee perfect candidates to companies. This job fair is just a platform to explore
possibilities," she said, adding, the trust hopes the exposure and social interactions in the fair like this can alter the confidence
and awareness levels of people with disabilities and their families. "We also hope that the fair will help in initiating in–house
training programmes for the disabled candidates. The fair will also give opportunity to NGOs and organisations working for
disabled to understand them and improve their training courses," said Narayan.
EKansh trust has always upheld its commitment to empowerment of People with
Disabilities. We follow our slogan of ‘Awareness, Acceptance, Sensitization and
Inclusion’ without compromise.
There is a need for us to expand our scope of activities to have an even better
We are advised by all our well-wishers to reach out for help from the Corporates
and philanthropists without embarrassment since our work and outreach is
indeed remarkable and effective as is seen in our pictures.
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in helping us grow and do better. We also appreciate strategic advice and
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Have a wonderful 2014!!!