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Record number of VIT students makes it to top IT firms

VIT Chancellor G. Viswanathan and VIT vice-president G.V. Selvam display the banner showing the total offers by slot-1 companies on the VIT campus in Vellore on Saturday  

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Slot-1 IT companies — Cognizant, Infosys, Wipro Technology and Accenture — have offered jobs to 5,828 students of the VIT University, Vellore, during the campus interviews held this year for the 2015 graduating batch of undergraduate and postgraduate students, exceeding last year’s 3,934.

Cognizant, which recruited 1,911 students, broke its own record by offering the highest number of 1,820 jobs on a single campus (VIT) for the 2012 batch, a record which figured in the Limca Book of Records.

The VIT has made the record for three consecutive years, and its feat this year is set to enter the Limca Book for the fourth consecutive year, according to G. Viswanathan, VIT Chancellor, who released the placement list at a function on the campus here on Saturday.

With the dream offer placements starting on July 21, for the second consecutive year, the VIT shared the slot-1 of dream companies. eBay, DeShaw and flipkart shared the slot-1 and recruited 15 students with a CTC (cost-to-cost) of more than Rs. 15 lakh a year. Code Nation, which offered the highest CTC so far (more than Rs. 20 lakh), recruited one student.

Deloitte (67) and Schneider Electric (31) are the major recruiters in the dream category.

With the slot-1 placements commencing on September 1, for the first time, the VIT shared the slot-1 with Accenture, Cognizant, Infosys and Wipro. Cognizant hired the largest number of 1,911 students, followed by Infosys 1,452, Accenture 1,324 and Wipro 1,141.

Mr. Viswanathan said the VIT sets and breaks its own record in several spheres, including placement. Citing the statistics of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) on employability that only 20 per cent of the engineering graduates are employable, he said the VIT placed 90-95 per cent of its students every year.

“We will place 100 per cent of our students next year,” he said.

Sekar Viswanathan, vice-president, VIT, said students from B.Tech., M. Tech., M.S. (Software Engineering), MCA, M.Sc. (Computer Science) and M.Sc. (Electronics) were placed this year.

G.V. Selvam, vice-president, said campus recruitments for the 2015 graduating batch started with the M. Tech. internship placements on June 17 with Intel recruiting 38 M. Tech. students with a stipend of Rs. 22,000 a month.

V. Raju, Vice-Chancellor of the VIT; Sriram Rajagopal, vice-president (HR), Cognizant; Viswanathan, Head-Engineering Campus Recruitments, Wipro Technologies; Vipin, HR-Accenture; Venkat Ramana, Principal Consultant-Infosys; and T. Arun Kumar, Regional Head-HR, Infosys, took part in the function.

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