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NIT surges ahead in package race

- Budding techie secures job at California-based Chegg

A final-year student of National Institute of Technology, Patna, has made the institution proud by bagging a whopping Rs 44 lakh per annum package.

The salary is among the highest offered to any student at other tech institutes such as BIT and IIT in the state till now. Chegg, an academic company based in Santa Clara, California, has offered NIT-Patna student Manish Kumar an annual package of $72,000, which in Indian currency comes out to around Rs 44 lakh per annum.

Sources said this was the highest salary offered by any company to engineering students in Patna and probably in Bihar. Manish received the package through an off-campus placement. At the same time, he has received campus placement from Capgemini, an IT company. Manish, at present, is a computer science and engineering final-year student.

Chegg is an academic company based in Santa Clara, California, which is meant to help students in high school and college. It deals in providing online textbook rentals and other academic work.

Initially, Manish was reluctant to disclose his placements fearing publicity but later Manish agreed to provide a few details. Elated at his success, Manish said: “Though I received an offer from a foreign company, I would still prefer to work in my country if I get good offers from Indian firms.”

Manish said: “The company selected me based on the written test and online interview.” Manish’s father is a police inspector posted in Munger and his elder brother is pursing MBA from IIM-Calcutta. Manish, after completing his Intermediate (science) from Balika Vidyalaya, Lakhisarai, joined NIT-Patna after clearing the engineering entrance examination.

On how he received placement at Chegg, Manish said: “I used to give online solutions to Chegg, which deals with software and operating systems. Based on the online solutions, I got an opportunity to take the written test and online interview.”

After the interview, the company offered Manish a placement. Manish is the first engineering student from Patna and probably from Bihar to get such a whopping salary. Chegg has offered jobs to 100 students across the globe, along with Manish, this year.

Asim Gopal Barman, the professor in-charge (training and placement cell), said: “I too have heard about Manish getting Rs 44 lakh through an off-campus placement. It is a proud moment for the institute.”

At NIT-Patna, around 70 per cent students have been placed by time and the institute administration expects the placement figure would rise in the coming months. Some of the companies, which have visited the institute and provided placements to students, include IBM, Capgemini, Infosys, Verizon, Samsung Research, Samsung Software, Trident and others.

International Business Machines Corporation (commonly known as IBM), a multinational company, recruited 69 students. Similarly, IT giant Capgemini recruited 27 students.

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