Many students turned up at the job fair organised by Mangala Alumni Association at Mangalagangotri, Mangalore University on Tuesday. A majority of them were women.

The fair was meant for postgraduate students and for those who were in final semester of their post-graduation.

A.M. Khan, general secretary of the association, told The Hindu that 1,300 students had registered for the fair. A majority of them were from different parts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. There were some students from Kasaragod and Chikmagalur as well, he said.

In all, 13 colleges conducted interview to recruit teachers for various subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Social Work, Commerce, Statistics and so on. Authorities from two private insurance companies, three banks, and two software companies interviewed the candidates. He said that a private university wanted to recruit a woman with Masters in Physical Education degree. But no one turned up.

Of the students registered, 713 candidates faced the interview for 250 posts which included 150 posts of teachers in 13 colleges. The remaining posts were in companies.

Mr. Khan said that some students did not face the interview as there were no posts desired by them. For example, some students wanted to teach Biochemistry in colleges. But colleges did not have that course.

Vice-Chancellor T.C. Shivashankara Murthy, who inaugurated the fair, said that it was for the first time the association had organised a job fair for students.

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