Yes, says a study led by Carol Upadhya of the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore: 86 per cent of IT employees belong to the upper classes; only five per cent have a rural background. The IT industry, she says, recruits people with a certain "cultural capital".
Stupid, says T.V. Mohandas Pai, the HR head of Infosys: "The industry does not have any bias. We don't hire people on the basis of what their caste is or where they come from but depending on whether they have the requisite skills. We are ready to go to any rural area to recruit people. Why blame the IT industry for not picking people who don't possess the required skills."