Dont worry, ITs growing
Q: I am a final year MCA student. Is it true that IT companies have reduced their intake' My classmates and I are very worried. Should we do an MBA to improve our job prospects'
A: On the contrary, the IT industry’s recruitment juggernaut is still on a roll. With the top five scoring an average top line growth of 40 per cent and an average manpower growth of 28 per cent, their ambitions on the hiring front show no signs of abating.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, Wipro, Satyam and HCL added 64,104 people on a net basis by the third quarter and by the end of the financial year 2007, took on another 20,000.
The combined employee base in these five companies at the end of the financial year 2007 is 3.16 lakh, accounting for about 20 per cent of the 1.6 million people who comprise Nasscom’s estimated total of the IT/ITeS workforce.
TCS stood near the 1-lakh mark at the end of the financial year 2007 and Infosys and Wipro are following closely.
This being the situation with the top five, it wouldn’t be very different with the other companies in the next run. Whether or not to do an MBA is a matter of personal choice, which you should consider subsequently.
To find out more about TCS jobs, you can log on to their website careers.tcs.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Infosys job queries should be directed to HRD-Recruitment, Infosys Technologies, No. 44, Electronics City, Bangalore-560100. You may also e-mail careersquery @infosys.com.
For information on jobs with Wipro, write to email@example.com.To enquire about job opportunities at Satyam, write to Satyam Computer Services Ltd, Floor I, Mayfair Centre, S.P. Road, Secunderabad-500003. HCL can be contacted about jobs by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caught in the web
Q: I took up courses in HTML and SQL to become a web designer. But now I feel derailed from my objective. What combination of courses should I take to become a web designer'
A: It is difficult to choose the right course as most institutes often indulge in unethical practices to grab more business. A web designer basically requires a good command of Photoshop (to be a good designer, you should also be creative in your work) and good knowledge of HTML (although a website can also be created in Macromedia Dream Weaver where the code is in-built, knowledge of HTML is a must).
You must learn how to create dynamic pages with DHTML and XHTML, and table-less structures in HTML. Also, try to get a sound understanding of CSS. Flash is an add-on package that will add to your profile.
An integrated approach towards life
Q: I love physics and want to become a physicist. Please suggest the names of institutes that offer an integrated MSc in physics.
A: University of Mumbai and the department of atomic energy have jointly set up a new autonomous Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences to offer a residential integrated 5-year MSc (physics) with academic inputs from other leading institutes in the city (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, and Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai).Courses in other basic sciences will be launched later.
Applicants should have received 60 per cent marks (55 per cent marks for SC/ST) in Class XII (physics-chemistry-mathematics combination). The selection of students is based on a National Entrance Screening Test (NEST), which will be conducted under the supervision of the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, and an interview.
Students who are Kishore Vaigyani Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) fellows and Indian National Olympiad examination qualifiers are exempted from the test and will be selected on the basis of an interview.
Applications can be obtained by sending a self-addressed envelope with enough postage to the Chief Coordinator, NEST 2007, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, V.N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai-400088. The last date for submitting complete application forms is June 8, 2007.
The University of Mysore also offers a five-year integrated MSc in physics. All students who are admitted will be given a scholarship of Rs 1,000 per month.
Students who have passed the pre-University or another equivalent examination with a minimum of 60 per cent marks are eligible to apply. The aggregate score in physics and maths should not be less than 60 per cent (relaxable by 5 per cent for SC /ST candidates).
Eligible applicants (Indians and foreigners who have studied in India) will have to pass an entrance test similar to the level of the IIT joint entrance examination. The test will be conducted at Mysore. Applications can be obtained by sending a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage to the Course Coordinator, department of studies in physics, Manasagangothri, Mysore-570006.
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