Friday, December 4, 2009

CET will soon organize placements too

BANGALORE: Forget placements at B-schools. Now, IT biggies might soon land at the Karnataka Examination Authority campus to recruit students. The state government is working on using KEA as a platform to allow these companies to recruit students. Starting with the engineering stream, government plans to have placements at the end of sixth and seventh semesters.

According to sources, some companies recruit students only from cities leaving out rural areas, which has some of the best brains. If all the students are brought under one umbrella, it’ll be easy for companies to select students.

What has provoked the government is an incident at Bhatkal where a meritorious engineering student couldn’t get into campus placement as the companies did not visit his campus as it was located in a rural area.

“We have students with barely 60% from prime colleges making into the campus placement. But when it comes to a student from rural engineering college with over 75% he fails to get in as companies find it difficult to visit such colleges. This, in spite of these students having all the essential skills,” sources told TOI.

Recruitment process may commence in November as the CET seat selection process will conclude in September. “There won’t be much work after the counselling. Instead of allowing the building to be vacant we can utilise it for recruitment. A new building at KEA can also be used for the recruitment process,” sources added.

Stating that the move is not restricted to government colleges, sources said: “Our aim is only to provide a common platform.”

The government will provide all the facilities at KEA for the companies. It will not interfere in the selection criteria of the companies. The companies can either use the place for conducting tests or conducting interviews or both. “Since the placement happens at the end of 6th and 7th semesters, accommodating these students should not be a problem. The placement process can be held region-wise. We conduct counselling in six centres — Bangalore, Hubli, Gulbarga, Davanagere, Shimoga and Managalore. The companies can simultaneously conduct the interviews/selection process in all these centres,” sources explained.

The government will collect information from Visvesvaraya Technological University and from company placement officers on the candidates expected and the date they plan to conduct the selection process. After the schedule is given to KEA, necessary arrangements will be made.

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