Two day Job Mela at Erode Sengunthar Engineering College

Two day Job Mela at Erode Sengunthar Engineering College

Thousands of students from various disciplines like engineering, arts and polytechnic colleges thronged for a two-day job mela, which began at Erode Sengunthar Engineering College (ESEC), on Saturday.

Over 43 firms, including many MNCs, took part in the mela, being held for the 4th consecutive year in ESEC. “Without collecting any fee from anyone, the mela is arranged as a service to the student community,” ESEC secretary J Sudhanandan said.

About 5000 could get jobs, he hoped.

“Apart from IT majors, many core engineering firms also are visiting the fair.

Over 12000 students from all over the state registered their names through online and 3000 personally to attend the mela, after seeing our brouchers sent to colleges,” ESEC principal Dr J Manohar said.

Many firms expressed their satisfaction over the arrangements in the mela. “Before 2010, we plan to recruit over 20000 candidates,” says R Durai, HR Manager of Reliance Communications.

M.Gayathri of Chennai-based Agile Programmers, looks for over 400 candidates. “Our starting pay for trainees is Rs.7,500,” she said. ‘Zeallabs Technologies’ Business Head D Chandrasekaran said, “Jobs are aplenty. But candidates are not available up to the industry needs.”

PR Madhan of Techruit, a consultant in placements, says “Though marketing field gives vast scope, many hesitate to join as the work is target-oriented.”

Many want to work only in IT firms., he noted. Thriveni Earthmovers Ltd HR Manager PV Kumar says his firm needs 75 engineers and MBAs for iron ore mining activity in Orissa.

“Our recruitment process is a continuous one,” he adds. S.Sahayaraj of Faxconn, a Taiwanese mobile parts manufacturing firm, says “Both technical and soft skills are essential for getting jobs.”

However, managers of many firms are upset over the students’ poor English communication skills and knowledge about the latest development in their respective fields. “The colleges must update their students in all aspects. However, the mela will give an exposure, to the students on job market,” says an educational consultant TR Chandrasekaran.

Students P Priya, C Vijayashanthi, Sathya of MPNMJ college, R.Indupoomima and P Geetha of ESEC expressed happiness in partaking in the mela. “It’s difficult for us to search for the firms. But here, many assemble at a time to help us choose our career,” they said.