The just reconstituted placement cell of BIT-Sindri tasted success on Tuesday as nine final year BTech (civil engineering) students were offered employment by Calcutta-based Ambuja Cement, taking the number of placements so far this season to 126.
Eighty students appeared for the written test conducted by the company that arrived on the campus on Monday. Of them, 18 were shortlisted for a personal interview later in the evening. The company confirmed the selection of nine students on an annual package of Rs 3.5 lakh each through a mail sent to the job cell on Tuesday.
Spokesman of the training and placement cell and head of the department of information technology S.C. Dutta said Ambuja officials also responded positively to the institute’s request to recruit from other disciplines like mechanical, electrical, chemical and mining engineering, when they returned for another round of hiring in January or February.
The new nine-member cell is headed by mining engineering department head U.K. Dey. There is one representative each from the mechanical, metallurgy, electrical, production, civil and electronics engineering departments. Computer science and the IT departments are jointly represented by one faculty member, while another represents mining and chemical engineering. Each member is responsible for apprising the cell about concerns of the different departments and provide data like the number of students yet to be placed.
A four member core committee comprising faculty member Dutta, A.G.P. Kujur, Rakesh Kumar and Amit Gupta has also been constituted to liaison with recruiters, schedule interviews, and organise online exams.
“Each of the four members of the committee has been given different responsibilities,” said Dey, adding that while Dutta other than being the spokesman will also liaison, coordinate and communicate with recruiters, Kujur will arrange online tests. Kumar will look after the training part while Gupta will take charge of documentation and scheduling of visits by recruiters.
Speaking about the strategy to increase placements, Dey said the institute was keeping track of companies visiting technical cradles in neighbouring areas and finding out details of what such companies required and then writing to them to visit the lone government-run engineering cradle in the state.
“We are writing to different companies requesting them to visit our campus,” said Dey. There are 700 students in the final year BTech batch.