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Boom in time of bust, it’s raining jobs at BIT, Mesra

Ranchi, Jan. 28: Even in the time of an economic slump when 70,000 jobs are being lost in a day elsewhere, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, has managed to keep smiling.

A strong relationship with recruiting companies, an early placement season, special training to gain soft skills and an over-active training and placement cell has ensured good jobs for graduates and postgraduates of Mesra’s best known institute.

BIT recorded 125 per cent placements this year with several students getting more than one offer. And the recruitment season is not over yet, and those who would be graduating this year — about 500 under-graduates and over 300 pursuing masters’ courses — are still looking out for that dream job.

“So far, our students have received 900 offers. It stands at 125 per cent and we are still inviting more companies so that students get more options,” said B.B. Pant, head of the training and placement cell at BIT, Mesra.

What’s the mantra behind their success, especially when institutes around them have been struggling with placements? Sources at BIT said they send out job notification forms to prospective recruiters much in advance, highlighting all relevant details about the course and area from where they could recruit students.

The institute requests prospective employers to submit online forms to initiate a campus relationship. There’s already an exhaustive list of recruiters that include big names such as Accenture, Lupin Laboratories, Maruti Udyog, Microsoft, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Cummins etc (see chart).

This apart, the placement office maintains regular contact with partnering organisations. Once the date for recruiters’ visits are decided, they are displayed on the notice board and interested students are asked to get in touch with the placement office. The résumés are then sent to the organisations.

Vice-chancellor P.K. Barhai said: “We organise special training sessions on soft skills like tips to excel in group discussions and personal interviews.” Companies are allotted dates on the basis of their relationship with the institute, their image and growth prospects, compensation packages, student surveys and alumni feedback.

Till a student bags an offer, he can sit for as many recruitment procedures as he wants. An offer is confirmed when letters are sent. Once 85 per cent of the students of a particular branch are placed, students are given an option of applying to other companies. And if they are given a second offer, they have to submit a letter of regret to the first organisation and a copy to the placement cell.

This gives BIT, Mesra, an edge over other institutes. Being systematic pays well.

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