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Firms prefer Utkal grads

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 9: Campus placement session at Utkal University took an overwhelming start with more than 30 students having been recruited by reputed companies already.

The varsity witnessed a new trend with head-hunters preferring graduates to postgraduates.

“Companies such as Wipro, Mahindra, Satyam, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Satyam have communicated to us their interest in hiring graduates. They will not only train students, but also allow them to take up courses in higher education,” said Sarit Panda, who is heading the placement cell of the varsity.

Until now, IT major TCS has offered jobs to 12 candidates. Similarly, Wipro has selected 14 students while Capgemini has selected one.

Apart from the students of MBA, MCA, MSc (computer science) and commerce, there is a good demand for students of physics, biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics and statistics.

“However, 90 per cent of these students prefer to go for higher studies and do not join jobs. This year, Coca Cola wanted to conduct a placement drive and hire chemistry students but it did not materialise as our students did not show interest,” said the official.

Despite the economic recession, it is commendable that the placement cell of the varsity has been able to achieve this feat in a very short span and is looking forward to invite more headhunters to the campus. “Several other important companies including Monsanto, Pradan , Aditya Birla and Capital IQ will be coming down to our campus soon for recruitment,” Panda said, adding that the placement drive would get a boost once the varsity exams got over by December 24.

The impressive start notwithstanding, the varsity authorities did not rule the effects of slowdown.