Mocking market mayhem is NIT’s favourite pastime.
The 53-year-old Adityapur cradle created another record on Tuesday, when IT major TCS creamed off 111 BTech, MTech and MCA students for an annual package of Rs 3.5 lakh each.
Rajiv Bhushan, professor-in-charge (training and placement), said this was the largest number of students selected by a single company in the placement history of the prestigious institute. Until now, software giant Infosys had held the headhunter’s crown, recruiting 78 NITians in 2011-12.
While TCS stole the recruitment show, the plum package honour went to Tokyo-headquartered Works Applications. The Japanese software firm handpicked computer science (B.Tech) whiz kid Piyush Golani for an annual remuneration of five million yens (approximately Rs 33 lakh), excluding perks.
All of 21, Kanpur resident Piyush has won several awards from NIT and other independent organisations for his computer programming skills. Asked how he felt, he said: “I could not believe my ears when I was told about my selection yesterday. I will join the company’s Singapore wing after my final year. I am looking forward to that day.”
Earlier this month, another final-year computer science student, Lokesh Khandelwal, had bagged the same package in the same company.
NIT director Ram Babu Kodali, who personally supervises the placement process, said portfolios of companies taking part in campus recruitment were very impressive.
The job season for NIT’s Class of 2014 — comprising 700 students — began with a bang in July-end.
Samsung Research Institute (SRI), which joined the placement process last week, picked 27 students to become the second highest recruiter this season. It has offered selected candidates an annual package of Rs 7.75 lakh.
So far, 260 students have bagged job offers from 25 companies. Officials said another 65 companies would visit the campus. Among them are IT firms Verizon, IBM and L&T Infotech, besides Tata Power and Honda R&D.
Students are understandably excited. “Placements have always been good here. But, we are glad that the downturn has failed to impact our recruitment process,” beamed Somesh Gunjan, a final-year electrical student who is among the 111 selected by TCS.