Protests for plum placements sound bizarre, but that’s what worked for the final-year BIT-Sindri batch of students.
Within 100 days of the road blockade held by 650 tech students of 2009-12 batch on December 5 against the tardy pace of placement, the cradle has managed to invite reputable headhunters who have hired 257 students.
They include names from steel, power, infrastructure and mining sectors, while pay packages range from Rs 3.25 lakh to Rs 7 lakh per annum.
In the first phase of placements, in which students expressed ire at authorities for not doing enough, only 118 students were placed on campus. Students did not buy the “global recession” excuse trotted out by authorities.
The roadblock and subsequent media coverage seemed to have worked. The second phase of placements is more vibrant both in terms of quantity and quality of job offers.
On Thursday, Maheshwari Mining Company hired six students on campus, offering an annual package of Rs 3.25 lakh per year.
Earlier this week, Bhushan Steel Limited took 25 students from various streams — six mechanical, three electrical, 14 metallurgical and two chemical — offering Rs 4.5 lakh per annum.
Damodar Valley Corporation gave the highest package to 12 students. The power major offered yearly packages of Rs 7 lakh to five each of mechanical and electrical streams and two of electronics and communication. Campus interviews were held on March 8.
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) also hired 19 youngsters at a pay package of Rs 4.25 lakh a year, including 11 civil, six mechanical and two electrical students.
The infrastructure major is likely to be one of BIT-Sindri’s biggest headhunters as it has interviewed students from metallurgical, chemical and electronics and communication streams on January 5 this year. The results are awaited.
Assistant professor of department of computer science and engineering S.C. Dutta, also the spokesman of the newly formed placement cell, added that for the first time in the history of BIT-Sindri three MTech students were shortlisted by L&T during campus selection.
Dutta added that students who had not received offers yet should not be disheartened.
“We still have half a dozen companies lined up for campus placements. We are expecting good results despite the ongoing global recession,” Dutta said, refusing to divulge the names of headhunters beforehand.
So far, 33 recruiters have come to BIT-Sindri. In the earlier phase, the largest recruiter was Tata Consultancy Service (TCS), which hired 78, while Usha Martin picked up 24.