IT-BPO Industries to hire only final year engineering students
Undergraduate engineering students in their fifth and sixth semesters will not be considered for campus recruitments, beginning from this year.
The Nasscom, the premier trade body that represents and sets the tone for the public policy of IT-BPO industries in India, has categorically instructed its members not to include fifth and sixth semester undergraduate engineering students in their mass recruitments. Placements are a continuous process in engineering colleges and will happen throughout the year depending on the requirements of the market. One round of placements has just concluded in RV College of Engineering (RVCE) and PESIT. However, a few colleges like University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE) will conduct placements beginning from the third week of January. Several city-based engineering colleges confirmed that companies were keeping fifth and sixth semester students out of their placement processes.
KR Venugopal, principal, UVCE, said, "There is a directive to the companies against considering students in placements till they complete sixth semester. In out last campus recruitment, the companies categorically said they would not consider students for placements till they completed their sixth semester."
According to Venugopal, the placement curb would go a long way in checking students' tendency to go on a bunking spree after getting placed. "Most students who get placements in their fifth and sixth semester will usually not attend classes, after they get a job in hand. That they have a job in hand clearly shows in their attitude," he said.
NS Narahari, placement officer, RVCE, said, "We are starting another placement process from January 14. Nasscom has said that fifth and sixth semester students must be kept out of placement. We too never organized placements for non-final year students. We will follow the same procedure this time also." Final year (seventh and eighth semester) students would be more mature to deal with job offers than those in their third year, he felt.