ANDHRA PRADESH

Job on hand diminishes zeal to learn



R. Ravikanth Reddy

`Engineering students land jobs in campus selection, but find it hard to clear exam'

Students are recruited a year before they graduate Several students reject offers from big companies citing low pay packages as reasonOnce they are recruited by the firm, students aim at just getting minimum marks Students are recruited a year before they graduate Several students reject offers from big companies citing low pay packages as one of the reasonsOnce they are recruited by the firm, students aim at just getting minimum marks: Prof. D.N.Reddy

HYDERABAD: Believe it or not! Brightest engineering students recruited by top-notch companies with attractive pay packets in campus recruitments are struggling to clear their final year examination.

A very high number of students from the most sought-after colleges in the State find themselves in this unfortunate situation. It is the very job that they are offered seems to be the prime culprit for the ignominy. "Lethargy creeps in once they get the offers as their only motive is to land in a good job rather than learning. They obviously give little importance to studies leading to such unfortunate situations," says D.N. Reddy, principal, Osmania University College of Engineering (OUCE).

Such is the clamour for "cream" students among the companies that they begin recruitment a year before the students actually graduate. For example, 273 final year students of OUCE have already been recruited though their final year classes began 15 days ago. The TCS recruited 73, Wipro 66, Infosys 77 and CSO 11 while some others recruited lesser number. DE Shaw has offered a pay packet of Rs. 9 lakhs, the highest so far this year.

Interestingly, several students have rejected offers from these companies citing lower pay packages. The situation is no different in campus colleges of JNTU and other top colleges.

Motivation needed

In such a situation, it is very difficult to motivate students to study. "They are studying for some minimum marks as a job already awaits them," says Prof. Reddy. With easy availability of jobs good students are ignoring the need to gain subject knowledge in core engineering subjects leading to their failure in the crucial final year examinations.

A student who got 134th rank in the EAMCET and brilliant scores in three years has not been able to clear the electronics subject in the last three attempts. A job is already waiting for him but he is yet to clear the subject. This tendency, Prof. Reddy attributes to the concentration on software subjects since jobs are easy to come by. "Ignoring the core engineering subjects will harm students in future which they don't realise due to the easy availability of jobs," he says.

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