Campus recruitments slow down in Engineering Colleges

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Campus recruitments slow down in engineering colleges :

Though the number of companies coming for campus recruitment has increased in one year at engineering colleges in Mysore district, the number of recruitments is very low.

The reasons are many. Last year, the Cauvery water sharing issue was a major blow for engineering colleges. Several top IT companies rescheduled recruitments while some cancelled the campus recruitment due to the disturbances over the Cauvery issue.

The city has many top engineering colleges and every year hundreds of students are hired through campus recruitment to top IT firms. Colleges like GSSS Engineering College, Vidya Vikas Engineering College and Vidya Vardhaka Engineering College are the worst hit while top engineering ( autonomous ) colleges like National Institute of Engineering and SJCE are also feeling the pinch.

For instance, in the National Institute of Engineering, the number of recruitments has reduced to half. “Last year, more than 150 students of our college were placed but this year 25 top companies had visited the campus but hardly 75 candidates were recruited,” said H S Prasanna, training and placement officer, NIE.

Hiring by the manufacturing and core engineering companies has gone down to 40%. Software companies’ recruitments too is not much encouraging,” he added.

Many IT companies too have adopted “work bond” culture. Prasanna said that apart from a bond, the salary package offered is comparably less this year.

The top IT companies that come to Mysore colleges include software giant Microsoft, CISCO, IBM, Accenture, Wipro, Infosys and others. Companies that recruit candidates offer starting from [rupee] 3.5 lakh per annum.

“In this current year, as many as 58 reputed companies had come for the campus recruitment and hired 692 candidates. The number of the companies coming for recruitment has increased but recruitment of candidates is only handful,” said B G Sangameshwara, principal, Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering.

He said companies were making their best efforts despite economic slowdown. They have offered annual package starting from [rupee] 4.5 lakh up to [rupee] 16 lakh, he said. The higher payer is Microsoft.

The engineering graduates, who failed to make it during the campus drives, try their luck during “Off campus drive”.

“Being a Tier-2 college, we have managed to get four companies to the campus in three months, and they recruited 17 candidates. The number of recruitments is satisfactory,” said Arasu MT, placement officer, GSSS Engineering College.