Growing number of colleges offers wide choice for companies

Campus placement drives are on in full swing in city colleges. According to placement officers of different colleges, more companies are visiting the colleges this year, but the number of recruitments has gone down from the previous years.

“Students of Electronics and Communication are high in demand followed by students of Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Information Technology disciplines,” said G.K. Rajesh, placement officer of Thiagarajar College of Engineering (TCE).

Last year, 36 companies visited the TCE for campus recruitment and hired around 750 students, he said.

“This year, 45 companies have visited and around 670 students have been recruited. Recruits of last year got their joining orders only after six to eight months due to recession. This has made the companies cautious,” Mr.Rajesh said.

Reputed companies have raised pay package and offer up to Rs.12.5 lakh per annum, he added.

The college’s last year placement record was 91 per cent, and now it was 85 per cent, he said.

P. Srinivasaperumal, placement officer of Velammal College of Engineering and Technology, said companies offered annual pay packages between Rs.3 lakh and Rs.5.6 lakh.

“Last year, the college recorded 73 per cent placement, and this year it is already 74 per cent. As many as 24 companies have visited the college and we are expecting eight more,” Mr.Srinivasaperumal said.

According to Y. Arockia Jesuraj, placement officer of Sethu Institute of Technology, increase in the number of engineering colleges has offered plenty of choice to the recruiters. “So far, 151 students have been placed in 20 companies, and 25 more companies are likely to visit the college. Reputed companies offer pay package of Rs.3 lakh per annum,” he said.

The college has an internal placement cell, with 15 faculty members training the students in aptitude and other skills.

At KLN College of Engineering, 234 students have been placed in 32 companies so far, said placement officer P. Udhayakumar. “Last year, more than 500 students from our college got placed and this year the number is expected to increase,” he also added.

Jeyapaul Sathiasaran, placement officer of Vickram College of Engineering, said there was an improvement in the situation this year. “Last year, the companies required very few recruits. The placement record last year was 47 per cent, whereas this year it has already crossed 50 per cent,” he added.

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