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Colleges around Mangalore join hands for campus placements

Renuka Phadnis
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In this system, the host college invites students from other colleges to participate

Collective effort:Under the new initiative colleges approach the company as one body, giving a break-up of number of candidates from various colleges.— Photo: R. Eswarraj
Collective effort:Under the new initiative colleges approach the company as one body, giving a break-up of number of candidates from various colleges.— Photo: R. Eswarraj

Colleges in and around Mangalore are organising pooled campus recruitment drives as companies look for large numbers and get the required number of candidates in one go.

The host college, instead of restricting participation to only its students, invites students from other colleges to participate as well. There is no disadvantage to it as it cannot supply the entire number of required candidates.

A college in Mangalore can have 1,000 students in a batch. If the company is looking for 3,000 students, a single college can provide only 150 to 200 eligible candidates, says Rashmi Bhandary, training and placement officer, Canara Engineering College, which has been holding such drives since 2005. So the host college calls other colleges and the company returns the next year, which is good for the organising college and for everyone else.

Pooled recruitment drives do happen in other cities too but they are less structured than in Mangalore, where colleges approach the company as one body, giving a break-up of number of candidatesfrom various colleges.

This is unlike other cities where the host college gives first preference to its students and then passes up the offer to students of other colleges.

“We try to make it attractive for companies so that they want to come here,” she says. Companies prefer cities such as Mangalore as it is less chaotic and they get the required talent while walk-in interviews in Bangalore sometimes end up in a stampede.

200 drives

Canara Engineering College has organised 200 such drives in the past four years. From five colleges five years ago, it now has 17 participating colleges, including regulars such as PACE, St. Joseph's, Vivekananada College of Engineering and Technology, KVG Institute of Technology, Sullia, Coorg Institute of Technology, Anjuman Engineering College, Bhatkal.

Some companies ask for specific 8 to 10 colleges and ensure the college is at least three batches old. Regularly participating companies include Infosys, HCL, MindTree Limited, BirlaSoft, and TechMahindra.

In the past drives, Infosys has taken up to 500 to 600 students, L&T has taken 100 plus, and MindTree, 100 plus. Once, Accenture recruited 4,000 students in a day.

In 2005, 10 companies participated. In 2008, despite a recession, 37 companies participated.

In 2010, 16,000 plus students attended the drives through the year. In 2011, however, it was 6,000, and the lower number was due to recession, Ms. Bhandary says.

When Wipro came looking for students to join its sponsored MS degree to Srinivas College of Post Graduate Management Studies, nine colleges participated. Alexander Mathews, trainer and placement officer, Srinivas College, says students had called about the job fair from places such as Bhatkal, Kundapur, Puttur and Bantwal. “We go collectively, we collaborate, not compete, it is a win-win situation,” says Nivedita Mirajkar, college faculty member.

Now, Karavali Group of Colleges is gearing up for recruitment fair in April. Ganesh Rao, its founder chairman, says 100 companies and colleges from eight districts in Karnataka will participate for technical, non-technical, nursing, and hospitality jobs.


  • Such drives happen in other cities, but they are less structured than in Mangalore

  • Canara Engineering College has organised 200 such drives in the past four years


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