KARNATAKA

Bangalore IT.com, a hit among students

BANGALORE Oct. 31. Hordes of flyers doled out to visitors containing information on hardware networking courses, event management, and job opportunities at call centres. This was Bangalore IT.com 2002 for the general public flocking India's most talked-about technology show.

The State Government's efforts to promote IT for the common man has paid off, if the response to the general visiting hours is anything to go by. Unlike last year, there were no family picnics but huge battalions of students checking out what the IT industry had to offer to them.

"We are really proud of the fact that Bangalore has something like this to offer. It really brings the fact home that our city is the IT hub of India. Being final year BCA students, this exhibition has helped us to learn more about the opportunities that the IT industry has to offer," said Vinod, a BCA student of National College.

Along with his friends, he did the rounds of various pavilions scouting for that lucky break. What they discovered was the lush BPO/call centre ground with firms recruiting call centre executives. With several States, including West Bengal, Chandigarh, Kerala, and Karnataka contesting for the BPO pie, and Gartner issuing a caution about business process outsourcing, what do the students have to say about it?

"We know about the call centres, but that is our last option. After all, we have spent so much time and money on engineering courses, so why opt for something where our talents are not utilised," says Rachna, a software engineering student from Raichur. Several B.A./B.Com. graduates concurred, since these youngsters were more interested in earning big bucks through NIIT/Aptech computer courses. Surprisingly, the age limit had drastically reduced among the IT-slick student visitors, with several schools sending batches of students to visit the show.

A group of 29 students from Jain International attended the show as part of their vacation project. It was a win-win situation for both students and salesmen, at least in the CD-ROM and electronic gizmo stalls. Brisk sales of educational CDs for Tally, Ramayana, Microsoft Windows, and other popular products were noticed at these stalls.

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