Campus interview, morale booster for rural students

C. Jaishankar

Almost all colleges have established placement cells on their premises

Ramanathapuram: The concept of campus interview has come as a big morale booster to rural students, who are facing a stiff competition from urban students. It has also raised the hopes of educationists to provide more infrastructures on a par with urban colleges.

The positive point is that most of the engineering colleges in Ramanathapuram district, which desperately need a motivating factor to join the mainstream of development, are attracting a number of good companies to conduct campus interviews.

More importantly, those students, who hail from economically weaker areas, are up to the expectations of the companies. Considering the industries' demand, almost all colleges have established a placement cell to coordinate with companies.

Lucas TVS, Chennai, Sopha Developers, Bangalore, Sri KVS Industries, V. Manickam Engineers Private Limited, Temp Marine Services, Chennai, Trimline Services Private Limited, Bangalore, Eureka Forbes Limited, Maricar Industries, Nokia Limited and Airtel Services are some of companies, which have conducted campus interviews in various engineering colleges of the region.

West Asia Exports and Imports, Chennai, which has many civil engineering companies in various foreign countries, has also conducted a series of campus interviews.

Similarly, Wipro, Infosys and some more companies have also visited rural colleges. Alaudeen, Principal, Mohamed Sathak Polytechnic College, Kilakarai, and A. Shaik Dawood, Placement Officer, said more than 100 final year students from this college alone were recruited for various companies.

Civil engineering students had great demand.

The frequent visits of companies have enthused students' community to a great extent. It has also created a much-needed awareness among fresh students of the need for better performance, particularly in communication skills.

"It is heartening to see companies visiting colleges frequently for recruiting. Feedback from the companies is that rural students are equally competing with urban students. It has energised managements to prepare students with a few more skills by providing new facilities," says Chinnadurai Abdullah of Syed Ammal Engineering College, Ramanathapuram.

Yamuri Lakshmi Narayana, Principal, Mohamed Sathak Engineering College, Kilakarai, said the current trend in conducting campus interviews was a dream come true for rural students.

The initial salary offered by companies was between Rs.7000 and 8000 a month. No doubt, it was a good going.

If they could earn Rs.7000 immediately after the completion of their degree, their future career would be great.