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Government will organise more such fairs, says Karnataka Industries Minister

  • IT firms preferred those with over 60 p.c. marks
  • Next job fair will be held at Peenya on February 3

    BANGALORE: The job fair organised by the Karnataka Government here on Sunday for the benefit of unemployed youth was a big success with a large number of graduates making a beeline for the venue, Government Maharani's College, and at the end of the day returning home with a smile.

    This fair, which is third in the series of job fairs organised by the Government, was for the recruitment of engineering graduates, particularly those wanting to join the information technology sector.

    Several leading IT majors, including Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Satyam and I-gate, were there to attract the cream of talent. The engineering graduates who came on Sunday were from the districts of Bangalore Urban, Kolar, Tumkur, Mysore and Mandya. At the end of the day, the Minister for Major and Medium Industries, Katta Subramanya Naidu, who is the architect of the recruitment programme, told The Hindu that nearly 6,000 engineering graduates, including some in the final year of engineering, had turned up. Of them, at least 20 per cent were likely to find a placement subject to their performance in the written tests held on Sunday and the interviews to be held subsequently in various IT firms. Successful candidates were likely to receive their appointment letters in about a fortnight.

    Following the initiative taken by the Industries Department, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Software Technology Parks of India helped in coordinating the programme. The District Industries Centres in the various districts worked at intimating the unemployed graduates and bringing them over to the venue.

    The first of the job fairs was for undergraduates to enable them get placements in lower level positions in various industrial establishments and this was followed with another fair for youth seeking employment in BPO companies.

    Mr. Subramanya Naidu said that of the engineering graduates who turned up on Sunday, the IT companies preferred only those who had obtained more than 60 per cent marks and consequently only 1,694 of them could appear for the written tests. The remaining were, however, offered positions in BPO companies.

    Also present were nearly 180 students in the final year of engineering. Their plea for permission to appear for the written test based on their performance in the first three years of the engineering course prompted the authorities to permit them to take the test. They have, however, been told that their placement would be subject to their producing the final year marks cards.