Special Correspondent

Focus on employability and opportunities in IT

CHENNAI: The reason for thousands of students opting for computer and IT-related courses during B.E./B.Tech admission is the job boom in these sectors.

Big names in the industry such as TCS, Cognizant, Wipro and Satyam have in the past months visited campuses to take on board hundreds of students with B.E/B/Tech and even MCA or MBA background.

But the picture has another side. Recruiters constantly harp on the issue of employability. While thousands of students from campuses vie for the jobs, only 10 - 20 per cent of them actually receive job offers.

Those who fall short in communication, interpersonal, team building and leadership skills do not get the offers.

To provide the big picture of the industry, a forum called the Scholars League Leadership circle is being organised next week in the city. The launch seminar of the leadership circle will be held at Anna University on September 6 (4 p.m. and 6.30 p.m), and focus on employability, opportunities in IT and ITES sectors, the challenges that students would face as a corporate citizen and the various skill sets expected and how they are assessed by corporates.

M. Anandakrishnan, Chairman, MIDS, would be the chief guest, while top executives from Oracle Corporation, Polaris and Scope International would address students. Entry to students is free but based on admit passes issued by Scholars League.

"All students attending this programme will get to know their employability quotient through a formal process of evaluation," an official spokesperson for Scholars League said.

Pre-final and final year college students of professional and arts and science colleges can contact: 3297 1212/98400 29979 for details.

Colleges interested in nominating their students can call 98400 29979.