IT firms waiting to grab engg brains
Contrary to fears that jobs are hard to come by, there’s a rush to pick the best talent.
Engineering students can rest assured they have a bright future immediately on completion of their course. Contrary to fears that jobs are hard to come by, there’s rather been a rise in demand for engineers.
Just last week, a top multinational company approached an engineering college seeking 1,000 final year students. It isn’t a one-off case. Many companies are rushing towards engineering institutions to grab the best talent.
According to Prof Vijay Dev, placement officer, M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, 80 per cent of his students have already been placed. “Top recruiters such as Infosys, TCS, Cognizant and others are hiring students.”
He says only a few students from his college are left to be picked.
Acharya Institute of Technology is one of the beneficiaries of this rush. The college’s placement officer C B Bhooshan said, “Many firms have approached me for students. IBM has asked for 1,000 final year students.”
Since the placement process is in full swing and many companies are taking part, the institute is unable to meet the demand. “The IT firms want only those who have scored more than 65 per cent marks. But the final year students falling in that category have already secured placement,” he said.
The Acharya Institute is now going in for a pool campus, in which students from various colleges are invited to its campus to participate in the recruitment process. “This is a win-win situation for both of us. While companies will get more number of students at one place, we can get more companies to visit our campus from next year,” he said.
Dev said the increase in campus placements was partly due to Nasscom’s directive to companies, asking them to relax their recruitment rules.
Last year, Bangalore Mirror was the first to write that Nasscom, a trade body for India’s IT companies, wanted firms to hire only the eighth semester students. It found through a survey that recruiting students from sixth semesters had adversely affected their studies.
Nasscom later asked companies to recruit only the seventh semester students. “When firms visited colleges during the eighth semester, students found it difficult to cope with the pressure of exams as well as recruitment,” said Dev.
With recruitments being conducted during the seventh semester, companies have more time for zeroing in on the right candidates, while colleges are witnessing an increase in the number of participating companies.
Meanwhile, the Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has sent a letter to all engineering colleges, asking them not to have recruitments during the exam season.
VTU vice-chancellor Dr H Maheshappa said, “Many firms visit college campuses during the exam season, which has resulted in students neglecting exams and focusing more on their careers. Hence, we have asked students to concentrate on exams first and then the placements.”