State-run organizations at Indian Institutes of Technology will get a sample of skills this placement season, and an opportunity to make their choices before new-age and multinational firms move down on the campuses with hefty pay cheque to tempt students.
Breaking away from the custom of starting off placements on December 1, leading IITs have agreed to unlock a window in the coming month solely for public sector agencies and firms such as the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) to visit their colleges.
For candidates, this is a chance to work for high-status Indian organizations in projects such and in core engineering segments such as Smart Cities and Make in India. In spite of salaries being just a penny as compared with private firms and no stock alternatives on offer, students are showcasing rising interest towards operating in the government segment and be fraction of the transformation journey of the nation, claim industry executives and placement experts.
“From 2017, we need to give candidates the first opportunity to work at PSEs or PSUs even before the placements starts. In the previous years, we never welcomed any firm prior to December,” claimed IIT-Kharagpur’s chairman of the career development center, Debasis Deb, to the media in an interview.
This, in actual fact, is an expansion of the attempts that IITs have been placing in to elate the participation of the core segment, where PSUs are amongst the largest companies, in placement programs.
The drift began in 2015, with BHU, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Delhi, Bombay, Guwahati, and Madras IITs welcoming PSUs such as Bharat Petroleum Corp., Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, Coal India, Bharat Electronics, and space agency ISRO to their colleges in December.
The reaction, claim managers at IITs, had been motivating from both: the companies and the students. The number of candidates opting for government jobs is still less but is increasing, they claimed.
In 2017, almost 27 out of 1,114 job proposals that candidates at IIT-Bombay got were from other government organizations including PSUs, while at Kharagpur, the numbers were 80 out of the 1,400. At IIT-BHU, PSUs made 53 out of 708 odd job proposals that candidates of the previous batch got.