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February 20, 2016 - Axis Bank’s unique effort for prevention of Thal

Getting placement in a good organization is seen as the culmination of the academic pursuit by most students. Therefore most institutes of management studies have placement committees, which invite organizations to visit their campus for recruitment of students. This exercise begins at the beginning of the final term, much before the final examinations. Organization book their dates for visiting campuses of institutions from where they would like to recruit managers.

Axis Bank, like many other organization, does a Pre-placement visit to all campuses to inform final year students about their organization and about the positions for which they seek recruitment. For campus visits during the period from September 2015 to February 2016, the Human Resource (HR) Department of the Bank did something unique and special. They teamed up with Axis Bank Foundation for pursuing a social cause that is particularly relevant to youngsters.

Think Foundation has been associated with Axis Bank Foundation in conducting Blood Donation Camps in their offices across various states year after year. Axis Bank had also taken the initiative of conducting Thalassaemia Minor Awareness and Screening Camps in many of their offices. They approached Think Foundation with a novel idea of creating awareness about Thalassaemia Minor during their Pre-placement visits to various management institutes.

Mr. Vinay Shetty, Vice President of Think Foundation, travelled to various institutes in the country along with teams from Axis Bank. The schedule in each institute would begin with a 30 minute awareness lecture on Thalassaemia Minor to all students who had assembled for placement. A “Question & Answer’ session would follow, which provided an opportunity to our Vice President to address all queries from students. Subsequently the placement process would commence with an address by the HR personnel of Axis Bank about their organization and the positions for which they would be recruiting students.

The institutions which were covered in this exercise were K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies – Mumbai, Sydenham Institute of Management Studies – Mumbai, Welingkar Institute of Management Development – Mumbai, Shailesh Mehta School of Management – IIT Bombay, National Institute of Industrial Engineering – Mumbai, Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies – Pune, National Institute of Bank Management – Pune, Goa Institute of Management, T.A. Pai Management Institute – Manipal, Great Lakes Institute of Management – Chennai, Vinod Gupta Institute of Management – IIT Kharagpur, International Management Institute - Delhi, Department of Financial Studies - Delhi University, Department of Management Studies - IIT Delhi, Institute of Management Technology – Ghaziabad, and Mudra Institute of Communication – Ahmedabad.

Institutes in Mumbai, Pune and Manipal took the exercise forward and conducted Thalassaemia Minor Screening Camps in their premises.  Reports were submitted to all students after collections of blood samples by teams from laboratories.