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BIT-Sindri beats slowdown with job joy
- State-owned tech cradle places 320 engineering students, more recruiters to come

It’s 320 and counting! That’s the placement score for Dhanbad’s BIT-Sindri till now.

At a time the economic stagnation has affected the job prospects of engineering and management students across the country, the lone state-owned tech cradle has been able to hold its head high with more than half its 500 BTech students being lapped up by eminent companies.

Altogether 320 engineering undergraduates have been headhunted by 25 companies, including software giants like TCS and IBM, besides core sector companies like Tata Steel, Tata Wire and Vedanta Resources since BIT-Sindri kicked off the 2013-14 placement session last August. The institute is hopeful that it will be able to place at least 80 more students by the time the placement window closes in September.

“Considering the global economic scenario, I would say the placement figure of our institute has been satisfactory. The figure is expected to go up as some more recruiters will queue up after the summer vacation,” BIT-Sindri director S.K. Singh said.

Last season, the institute was able to place 360 students.

This time, the highest number of 60 students have been taken by IBM, while the highest package of Rs 8.5 lakh per annum has been offered by Tata Steel to two mechanical engineering students.

Vedanta Resources selected nine mining engineering students at the second highest package of Rs 5.7 lakh per annum.

The third best package — Rs 5.2 lakh per annum— came from Larsen and Toubro, which took eight students, six from civil engineering and two from mining engineering.

TCS, which got zero slot, absorbed 51 students at an annual package of Rs 3.5 lakh.

Other major recruiters included Maharashtra-based Uttam Galva Steel that selected 20 students — seven each from mechanical and chemical engineering and two each from metallurgical, electrical and production engineering — at an annual package of Rs 3.5 lakh. Housing construction major Vastu Vihar opted for 28 civil engineering students for Rs 3.2 lakh per year.

Jharkhand-based Electrosteel Castings Limited and Jindal Steel offered jobs to eight and 10 students, respectively. Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited (HSCL) a government-owned company, chose 12 civil engineering students at a package of Rs 3.5 lakh per annum.

“We were able to draw first-time recruiters like Uttam Galva Steel, BRG Group, Tata Wire and Syntel, an IT consulting firm,” said assistant professor in charge S.C. Dutta.

Department-wise, civil engineering witnessed the maximum demand with 59 of its students getting jobs. It was followed by mechanical (43), electrical (40), information technology (36), computer science (33), electronics (26), production (24), metallurgial (23), chemical (23) and mining engineering (13).

“We are expecting a better show next session as software giants like TCS and IBM are likely to pick up more students. Besides, we will be approaching some Jharkhand-based companies like Bokaro Steel Limited, Eastern Coalfield Limited and Central Coalfields Limited,” Dutta said.


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