With recruiters rescinding provides and delaying becoming a member of dates owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the graduating batch of scholars from varied Indian Institutes of Expertise (IITs) is dealing with an unprecedented scenario.
College students of IIT-Madras are among the many worst-affected, as virtually eight corporations withdrew as many as 28 job provides in the course of the lockdown.
“A number of corporations additionally ended up suspending the date of becoming a member of for a lot of different college students, particularly as a result of there was no readability on the standing of lockdown and the concessions allowed by the federal government,” mentioned Professor CS Shankar Ram, advisor (coaching & placement), IIT-Madras.
At IIT-Bombay, 22 college students misplaced the job provides made to them in the course of the placement drives.
“A few of these college students have secured employment elsewhere and steps are being taken to reemploy them in different corporations,” BV Ravi Shankar, coaching and placement officer, IIT-Bombay, mentioned.
At IIT-Mandi and IIT-Roorkee, just one firm every pulled again the job provides made. Just one pupil misplaced the job in IIT-Mandi however at IIT-Guwahati, three college students’ job provides had been revoked in the course of the lockdown.
A senior official from IIT-Delhi confirmed that the variety of job provides being revoked by corporations this yr had been in two digit numbers. Whereas another IITs refused to expose the precise particulars on the variety of job provides revoked, they confirmed that their respective placement cells are engaged on making certain that affected college students are helped with different job provides within the second part of placements.
In the meantime, deferred becoming a member of dates by employers have additionally added to college students’ woes.
“The pandemic has affected the becoming a member of date of a number of college students. Often, the graduating college students from IIT-Mandi be a part of corporations in July. However this yr, with a slight delay within the last semester completion, the becoming a member of date was postponed to August for many provides. A couple of corporations additionally deferred the becoming a member of date to January 2021. We’re in contact with the businesses and are assured that our college students will be a part of them by January,” mentioned Dr Sunny Zafar, advisor (profession and placement cell), IIT-Mandi.
“Provided that the pandemic has hit the nation’s financial system and that some corporations have withdrawn provides, there may be loads of nervousness on whether or not my recruiter will make good on the promise,” mentioned a pupil from IIT-Bombay, whose becoming a member of date has been deferred.
Vinayak Narayan Kulkarni, head (centre for profession improvement), IIT-Guwahati, mentioned that owing to the prolonged lockdown, a number of recruiters have requested college students to start out work in digital mode in the interim.
Whereas most IITs recorded a notable enhance in provides obtained in the course of the first part of placement drives in December 2019, the second part that kicked off in January has not been very profitable.
At IIT-Bombay, 1,171 college students had been positioned within the first part — the very best prior to now couple of years. As compared, solely 36 college students had been positioned within the second part.
“The second part was impacted because of Covid-19. We now have carried out extra interviews on-line this yr because of pandemic and fewer choices had been doable,” mentioned Shankar.
Holding in thoughts the Covid-19 scenario, virtually all IITs are planning to conduct placement drives nearly this yr.