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MBAs, IITians respond to Rahul's 'talent search' offer

SIDDHARTH KALHANS  |  Lucknow 

Rahul Gandhi

We are amazed at the response: Party seniors.

Many engineers and MBAs were among the 200-odd youths who appeared in person here in response to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s talent search offer for his party’s youth wing.

Gandhi has been trying to induct new blood into the and to also democratise the body’s functioning. Part of the plan is to invite well-qualified people to work with him and other IYC leaders on the revamp and on new programmes. As many as 198 canddiates appeared for the interview .

Many were engineers and MBAs working with highly reputed firms, earning good salaries. Such as Atul Mishra, who has worked with consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers or Rajul Chaturvedi, an IITian, who works with Apex Enterprises. Then there was Shabana, Pradhan of village Rajapur in rural Kanpur, who said she wanted to change the lives of the rural poor while working with His style of functioning frew her, she said.

Atul Prakash Verma has qualified for IIT this year, and he wants to be a member of team Rahul. “I will continue my studies but at the same time work for the Congress party under the guidance of Rahul Gandhi,” he told Business Standard. Rakhi Mishra is a lecturer in Bundelkhand University and ready to leave her job to work in Rahul’s team. “Working for the betterment of the country is a 1,000 times better than teaching in a university,” she said.

Virendra Rathore, IYC’s national general secretary and secretaries, Vinod Sultanpuri and Vikas Upadhya, said they were amazed at the response. All three were member of the team that interviewed the youths. Of the 198 who appeared for the interview, 25 were engineers, 10 were, 12 were MBAs, three were doctors, 10 were teachers and 58 were postgraduates.

Dimple Singh of Kanpur has done a B.Tech and trained as a pilot but wants to serve in the Rahul team, instead of going on with a possible assignment abroad. Then there were youths who weren’t professinally qualified, but were as eager. Such as Sanidhya Bali, 17. He wants to continue studies but also work in rural India for part of the time, for the Congress party.

First Published: Sat, June 20 2009. 00:31 IST
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