CHENNAI: In view of the recent withdrawal of offers by e-commerce and software companies, Anna University is to look for global credentials and past precedents of their recruiters before inviting them for campus placements. The annual campus placements is scheduled to begin from the first week of August in the university. So far, more than 200 companies ranging from IT product majors to core engineering companies have expressed their interest to recruit the university’s students. “We will look at the company’s global credentials and past precedents with the university before scheduling them for recruitment this year,” said T. Thyagarajan, director, Centre for University Industry Collaboration (CUIC), Anna University. “We also look at students’ choice and the salary package they are willing to offer,” he said.
As per the schedule prepared by the university, IT product majors like Microsoft, HP and e-commerce companies like Amazon and eBay are likely to recruit students in the first phase. “Fortunately, we have not experienced any withdrawal of offers last year. Big companies are recruiting only the top students. So, the numbers are small and the chances are remote for withdrawing the offers,” he said.
The placement drive in Anna University will start in August and end in May. Last year, around 1,800 students (85 per cent) from three campuses namely College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras Institute of Technology and Alagappa College of Technology got placed. Many students also have opted out of the process to pursue their higher studies. Code Nation, a software developer from Bengaluru, offered the maximum salary of `24 lakh per annum to two students last year. The salary package offered last year by the companies varied from Rs 3.25 lakh to Rs 24 lakh.
The university is permitting the students to have up to two offers, one in the bulk recruitment done by IT services companies and the other in the core engineering or IT product companies.
This year, the employability skill enhancement programme for mechanical group students from throughout the state may get doubled. Renault-Nissan selected 600 students from the fourth year and provided the training for two weeks. They were selected based on their performance in their studies. “We will conduct the mock online test for students and the results would be immediately communicated to them so that they will be better prepared for the interviews,” Thyagarajan said....