Inspite of the speculation of recession everywhere, the Information Technology (IT) majors continue to recruit IT students at a large scale. At SRM University, while TCS recruited 1,214 students, Accenture recruited 849 students and Wipro another 273 students. Whether it’s some private university or top government-aided or self-financing colleges, everywhere the signing up of IT students is happening on a large scale.
This year, Cognizant has hired 7, 122 students up till now. Whether a student belongs to chemical engineering, mechanical engineering or some other engineering, the final destination is always an IT company.
According to M.S. Maheswari, a chemical engineering student, “Being a student of computer science or chemical engineering does not make any difference, since all the recruits are trained from the basics. I joined this industry to gain work experience before I go for higher studies.”
According to the placement officers, “More than 80% of the students who are offered the jobs, accept them. Most students when they choose the various engineering streams are not aware of what they are in for. It is often during the final-year they understand about the opportunities and future prospects in that field and end up taking jobs in the IT industry.” There is a need to create awareness among the students about the courses before they step into it.
However, the Dean of SRM Placements, S. Ganapathy, says, “The IT sector which hires students from all streams has also started offering students a profile where they can apply the domain knowledge they have. Companies are working with the machine designing industry where mechanical engineering students are hired and with the health science sector where biotechnology graduates can be employed.”
There are some universities which give an option to students to choose companies and also try to maintain balance between so many recruiters. The boom in the IT industry to recruit more and students is visible as many students prefer a career in their subjects of specialization.
There are students who get left behind in on campus placements due to thousands of selections from campus. Students from Tier 1 and Tier 2 colleges wait for off campus placements. B. Anbuthambi, General Manager- Corporate and Government initiatives, ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu, says, “In the college rankings brought out recently some of the Tier 2 and 3 colleges were among the top 15 institutions. The best in Tier 2 and 3 colleges are often good and sometimes even better than the weakest students from Tier-I colleges.”
Generally companies look for such students too as they are more dedicated and are likely to stay on the job for a longer period of time. Anbuthambi, further says, “But often they do not have as many opportunities as students from the city colleges. One of the IT majors plans to hold a national-level entrance test from this year. If all the recruiters take up such an initiative, all the graduates will have an equal platform to prove themselves.”