Firms line up for campus recruitment at Anna varsity

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The two-and-half-month drive will go on till September 3

Microsoft India, Yahoo, Google India and IBM are in fray

Cognizant will recruit from June 18 to 20

CHENNAI: It is a line-up of the best of companies and jobs once again at Anna University’s campus placement drive, which got off here on Wednesday.

The two-and-half-month drive, which covers all four constituent colleges of the university, was inaugurated by S. Ramadorai, CEO and managing director, Tata Consultancy Services, the first company to start recruiting from among the 2,600 students who have registered so far. The drive will continue till September 3.

Besides the IT majors such as Cognizant Technology Solutions, Wipro Technologies, Infosys Technologies and Satyam Computers, global players such as Microsoft India, Yahoo, Google India and IBM are in the fray, offering ‘dream salaries’ (those with an annual remuneration of Rs. 4 r lakh and above).

Around 2,200 students were recruited in last year’s drive, and the number is likely to be higher this year, Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan said. TCS would help to set up an incubation centre in the university to promote research, he said.

The nature of jobs available at the IT workplace had undergone a tremendous change, and students could now realise their skills across multiple domains, Mr. Ramadorai said. The company would look at recruiting students from 350 educational institutions across the country, including 36 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu. More than 70 per cent of last year’s recruitments were from non-metro areas. The company was now looking at Tier II and Tier III cities. Core manufacturing companies such as Maruti Udyog, TVS Motor, Ashok Leyland, L&T, TAFE and Foster Wheeler were also keen on recruiting students and had come up with salaries that matched those offered by IT firms, said P. Mannar Jawahar, Director, Centre for University Industry Interaction, which organises the drive.

While a company such as Satyam Computer, for example, offers Rs 3.47 lakh a year as training stipend, the Hyderabad-based D E Shaw will offer a Rs. 10.04 lakh a year in remuneration, and Versata India, Rs 8.61 lakh. The sequence of selection to be followed by firms includes pre-placement talk, written test, technical interviews, human resource interviews and medical examinations.

TCS will be followed by Cognizant that will recruit from June 18 to 20, followed by Wipro and Infosys.

The compensation (to be paid by the employee to company, if he/she violates the terms of service agreement) ranges from Rs. 50,000 for TCS to Rs. 2 lakh (Satyam Computer, L&T and Foster Wheeler) and Rs. 3 lakh (Tata Elxsi and Triad Software). There will be no such bond for the MNCs.

Microsoft India, Yahoo, Google India and IBM are in fray

Cognizant will recruit from June 18 to 20

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