Students of Kolhan University (KU), worried over job prospects, can heave a sigh of relief. The four-year-old varsity is all set to launch its placement cell.
The placement unit will formally start operating once the varsity’s newly constructed administrative building on its Chaibasa campus gets inaugurated on November 12.
Authorities have appointed three persons — a coordinator, an assistant and a Grade IV staff — to man the unit.
“A lot of homework remains to be done as we are starting from scratch,” said Suneet Kumar, the newly appointed co-ordinator of the cell.
“First, we have to build a database of industries as potential recruiters. Then, we need to approach them and understand their requirements. As of now, we are focusing on developing a proper framework,” he added.
Pragmatically, the varsity plans to start approaching companies that operate in the region itself — districts East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan are industrial hubs — before venturing beyond the state.
The cell will also ask constituent colleges to coordinate with the varsity to create a database of students in each of its constituent colleges.
Once a student registers details, he or she will be contacted when a suitable opportunity crops up.
Notably, most colleges under the varsity have placement cells, but they often stay defunct. So, Kolhan University aims to create a centralised system so that all its students can reap benefits.
“We will start from ground zero. Our first task will be to establish communication between the university and the industrial sector. We will try and work for students of all streams. We will also assess which job profile suits which student,” said Kumar.
Varsity authorities are also mulling a plan to launch a separate website for the cell to enable students register themselves directly. According to sources, the placement cell will need at least a year’s hard work to develop contacts and create an extensive database.
These apart, the varsity will sign an MoU with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, (TISS) Mumbai, on October 29, as part of National University Student Skills Development to boost placement opportunities.