S. Ramesh

SALEM: The campus placement record of engineering colleges in Salem and Namakkal districts has witnessed a significant rise during the academic year 2006-07.

Placement officers put this increase between 20 and 30 percent. A large number of students have found plum jobs, mostly in the Information Technology sector.

The Government Engineering College has achieved 83.50 per cent campus placement this year. It was 75.6 per cent last year.

"Out of 303 outgoing students this year, 253 have already got job offers," college principal A. Ebenezer Jeyakumar says. A majority of them were recruited by the two IT majors, Tata Consultancy Services (84) and Cognizant (55).

"In Sona College of Technology (SCT), 298 students received the offers this academic year, as against the 2005-06 record of 200. The increase is mainly due to the intensive training of students in soft skills and rise in the career awareness among them," observes SCT's Placement and Training wing head, Aa. Sevukamoorthy.

Muthayammal Engineering College, Rasipuram, Mahendra Engineering College, Mallasamudram, and Paavai Engineering College, Namakkal are the colleges in Namakkal district which have registered notable increase in placements.

New companies have also started visiting colleges in the search for talent. Anna University recently organised its State-level placement programme in Salem, which also resulted in an increase in the number of placements from this region.

Another important reason was the increasing demand for personnel in the IT sector. "This has reflected positively in the placement records of the colleges. Now companies are recruiting third-year students so as to create a pool of reserve for them," Mr. Sevukamoorthy points out.

To meet the growing demand, colleges here are gearing up fast. They have signed agreements with career and personality development institutes for training the students in soft skills.

Special training programmes on emerging technologies and soft skill development classes have become regular activities in morning and evening hours.

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