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Headhunters give RU a miss, students in a spot

- Placement cell hires ‘inexperienced’ assistant co-ordinator, insurance firm lone campus recruiter

Campus recruitment in Ranchi University has taken a beating this season in the absence of an efficient placement co-ordinator, leaving around 300 students to fend for themselves.

Passing-out students, both graduate and postgraduate, studying different courses like MBA, BBA, MCA, BCA, Biotechnology and Mass Communication, are awaiting their final results, which are due in June.

According to university sources, only six lucky MBA students have bagged job offers from ICICI Prudential, the lone company that visited the campus so far this year.

Last year, 27 companies offered as many as 229 jobs to students of different professional courses. Among the top recruiters were HDFC Bank, TCS, Wipro and Bajaj Capital Limited.

With most of these well-known companies giving the varsity a miss this year, the students are running from pillar to post to secure a decent job.

Sources said the varsity’s placement cell had not been able to rope in good employers this year.

Former placement cell coordinator of the varsity Pramod Kumar quit in October last year for “unknown” reasons, leaving the placement cell practically “idle”.

Though an assistant placement coordinator, Abhijit Beltharia, was employed in March to boost recruitment process and lure some companies for campus hiring, things are far from being promising.

Varsity officials admitted that they were yet to find a suitable candidate to fill the post vacated by Kumar.

“It is becoming difficult to manage the placement process,” said a RU official.

RU’s pro-vice-chancellor N. Raziuddin, however, said Beltharia had brought some hope for the students.

“We had given ads for recruitment to the post in February. But only two candidates turned up. One was working in the government sector and did not show much interest. The other candidate, Beltharia, appeared promising but he did not have any experience of placement. Since we didn’t have any option, we hired him as an assistant placement coordinator,” Raziuddin said.

Earlier, the varsity had invited interested candidates for the job in December last year. “We had received 10 applications but none of them deserved the job,” the pro-VC said.

Coordinator of vocational courses, RU, Ashok Kumar Choudhary admitted placement had suffered adversely, though Beltharia was trying his best.

“It’s true we are facing immense problem. In the absence of an coordinator at the varsity level, there is no one who can approach companies and work out a plan for campus recruitment,” he said.

The varsity is looking for other options to tide over the crisis and provide proper placements to the students.

Choudhary maintained they were trying to engage a coordinator at the college level who would apprise students about companies visiting the varsity placement cell on the RU’s Morabadi campus.