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Wednesday , December 18 , 2013
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Epic career for BIT-Mesra student

- American software giant fields computer science candidate for Rs 75 lakh per annum

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. And BIT-Mesra, for one, will certainly agree.

The premier cradle, grappling with slump in job offers from automobile giants, has found friendly headhunters in the IT sector.

A computer science student — whose name the institute is unwilling to disclose right now — has bagged a dreamy salary of Rs 75 lakh per annum, the highest so far this placement season.

Though nowhere close to the Titanic figure, another 10 students of Mesra have also landed handsome yearly pay between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 20 lakh.

B.B. Pant, dean (external relations and co-ordination) at BIT-Mesra, said 75 per cent of engineering students, who would pass out next year, had already been placed. “The placement trend suggests that the IT sector is picking up pace,” he added.

This is not the first time that a BIT-Mesra graduate is being offered a fat package. Last year, three students were creamed off by social networking giant Facebook for a crore per annum each.

However, fewer car companies steering into the campus this time had dimmed hopes until US software firm Epic created a history of sorts with its Rs 75-lakh offer.

The Wisconsin-based company makes software for mid-size and large medical groups, hospitals and integrated healthcare organisations.

Campus placements began at BIT-Mesra in July and will continue till March 2014.

So far, 47 headhunters have visited Mesra, unlike 75 till December 2012. Around 890 offers have been generated and 740 students have been placed.

Tata Motors, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hyundai and Volvo are some of the hot wheels manufacturers that have come to campus. Besides Epic, other IT leaders seeking Mesra brains include Microsoft and Mumbai-based Direct Information Private Limited.

“The IT sector is lapping up BIT talents. While a student has been selected by Epic, another from computer science has received an offer of Rs 20.5 lakh from Direct Information,” Pant said, adding that online marts such as Amazon and Flipkart were also among keen headhunters.

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