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Updated: June 6, 2013 18:36 IST

Student from small town lands big offers

Vasudha Venugopal
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Sujeet Gholap. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
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Google, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs among the six top-notch firms wooing him

“I used to think I was just a local star,” says Sujeet Gholap, a final year computer science student at IIT – Madras, talking about topping his school exams in Osmanabad in Maharashtra.

“I always thought people from cities would do much better than me. Besides I studied every subject in Marathi till Class X,” says the student, who hails from Kallam Taluka there.

Today, he is the star of the placement season at IIT- Madras, with literally every high-paying company fighting to recruit him. The offers Sujeet Gholap has managed to get from six leaders in the field is a record, say sources in the institute.

Sujeet has offers from Google, Microsoft, Samsung (India and International), Goldman Sachs and Tower Research, of which those from Samsung are the highest paying on the campus this year. “I did not expect any of this. I had applied to as many companies as possible, and after every interview, I thought I could have performed better,” he says. Even now he does not know the exact reasons why the companies, especially Google and Tower Research that selected just one candidate, chose him. “They kept asking me to solve problems, write code and I kept giving them the solutions. In these interviews, nothing else, even the attitude does not matter as long as you come out with the best code,” he says.

“What mattered the most is that I managed to stay enthusiastic even at midnight for the last interview, after 18 gruelling ones since 5 a.m.,” he says.

Sujeet has opted for Google. However, he does not plan to continue in the IT sector for long. “I have always wanted to be an IAS officer. I like systems to be in place, working properly,” he says. 

Congrats to Sujeet.We need many intelligent people in the Indian administrative side and it is heartening to read his preference for the same.

from:  R.Raghavan
Posted on: Dec 8, 2012 at 14:47 IST

Hard work is always appreciated.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Dec 8, 2012 at 14:15 IST

Two facts are made clear by this article. One can gain entry into the IITs even from small towns. Students from the IITs can gain employment with top employers. Is any of this new information to us?

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Dec 8, 2012 at 09:19 IST

Last line says he wants to be an IAS officer? Forget it! Once he goes to Google in the U.S. he won't come back to India. Everyone who goes to the U.S. says "I'll work there for a few years and then come back to India", but very few do. Even of the ones who do, most end up back in the U.S. after a few years in India.

from:  K. Raghunathan
Posted on: Dec 8, 2012 at 03:12 IST
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