Nearly 30 per cent of final year students at the College of Engineering, Guindy, have opted for core companies in campus placements, up from 18 per cent last year, according to Anna University officials.
With nearly 1,200 of the 1,400 undergraduate students already placed, the University’s efforts to encourage students to take up core sector jobs have borne fruit, said T. Kalaiselvan, deputy director, Centre for University Industry Collaboration (CUIC).
“Of the 64 companies that have come for campus placements, 25 were core sector companies such as Caterpillar, Vedanta, Larsen & Toubro, ACC, Ashok Leyland and TVS Motors. Most students in the Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and other core branches have already been placed,” he said.
P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Chennai, said the University had invited core companies in June-July this year while software companies started recruiting in the campus only around December. “This changed the placements ratio from 82 per cent IT and 18 per cent core last year to 70 per cent IT and 30 per cent core this year,” he said.
The University also did away with the concept of the “dream job” introduced by Dr. Mannar Jawahar last year whereby students could take up a core sector job or a job paying over Rs. 5 lakh per annum and also appear for an interview with a “regular job.”
“Due to the slowdown, we eliminated the concept this year and no student can appear for a job interview after landing a job. Since the core sector recovered from the slowdown faster than IT companies and since we encouraged core companies to come first, many of the brighter students opted for core sector jobs,” Mr. Kalaiselvan said.
While Vedanta recruited 14 students of the 30 in the Mining branch, Caterpillar also recruited a substantial number of students, showing the positive trends in core sector hiring. The average pay for the students this year has been Rs. 25,000 a month for undergraduates and Rs. 28,000 for post-graduates, Mr. Kalaiselvan said. Though hiring of undergraduates has gone at a faster pace, he said this followed previous year trends and the entire placement process is set to be completed in April with almost all students being placed.
Dr. Mannar Jawahar said the University would also conduct placement drives for students of self-financing colleges affiliated to the University. The final year students across Tamil Nadu will be receiving their degree certificates from Anna University, Chennai, and the University will be conducting drives in Tirunelveli on February 18 and 19, and also in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore.
Though last year’s placement drive had evoked only a lukewarm response, the Vice-Chancellor said the post-slowdown recruitment would be higher this year. Nine companies including two core sector companies had signed up for the drive already and more were expected on board in the coming few days, he said.