Internship offers pour in at IITs

Source: The Hindu Business Line

By: DEEPA NAIR

MUMBAI, OCT. 13:  

The campuses of Indian Institutes of Technology are buzzing this year with pre-placement offers. Many companies seem to prefer hiring students who worked with them as interns.

So, despite the slowing economy, these campuses have seen an increase in the number of such offers this year.

According to Damini Gandham, Dual Degree student at IIT-Madras, “Earlier, when we used to approach companies for recruitment, many of them said they don’t have a structured programme for internships. However, this year, more companies formalised an internship process and have come forward to recruit students for internships.”

IIT-M has already received 55 pre-placement offers this year, while last year the institute received 30 offers. Four students at IIT-M also went through interviews with the companies that they worked for during their internship for placements. IIT-Guwahati has received 45 pre- placement offers along with four pre-placement interview offers.

Avijit Chatterjee, Professor-in-Charge, Placement, IIT-Bombay (IIT-B), said “We are expecting a lot of pre-placement offers this year as the number of internships increased over 40 per cent last year. Till now, we have received 75 offers. We are expecting more pre-placement offers as few companies who give offers every year have not yet released them.”

IIT-Kanpur has received 85 pre-placement offers so far this year compared with last year’s 75. “Recruitment through internships is better because the company is able to assess if the student is a right fit for the company. Also, since the student has worked there, he has a better understanding of the company’s work culture and expectations,” Amit Saraswat, Overall Placement Coordinator, IIT-Kanpur.

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