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Finishing school at CU

Calcutta University has decided to start a “finishing school” to help BTech students passing out of Rajabazar science college secure jobs.

Around 100 BTech students had gheraoed vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, pro-VC (academic) Dhrubajyoti Chatterjee, registrar Basab Chaudhuri and several teachers in September after only 38 students of the 2012-13 batch got job offers through the university’s placement cell.

The school, Das said, will focus on communication skills. “We have decided to start the school in collaboration with industry.... We are in talks with IBM and other companies. It is expected to start from April,” said Das.

A university official blamed lack of interview and communication skills for poor placement. “We conducted a survey that revealed the drawbacks. The finishing school will hold mock interviews. We have asked HR professionals to guide students,” the official said.

A teacher of engineering at CU, however, said the course content had as much to do with the low placement rate. “Engineering students at JU and Besu attend software programming classes. There is no such training at CU,” he said.