Fluent English, convent schooling and good academic records are not the only criteria for the 40 companies that are participating in the annual placement drive 'Avsar-2014' at the Panjab University (PU).
The recruiters are also looking for the students who have outgrown difficult circumstances and competitive peers. Besides, students are being judged for their values, commitment and ethical practices they would practice during their job.
"Those who live in an environment like tricity or any other big cities are sometimes found to be complacent. They have an advantage over those coming from small towns. Real competent are those who come from remote locations and compete here with those from sound background in places like PU,"said Abhishek Upadhyaya, chief executive officer, Step Up, a placement agency from Ludhiana.
The recruiters said, confidence, competency and subject knowledge were equally important along with students' passion, zeal to learn something new.
"Students, who have reached this far, are competent. If some student has problem in conveying something, that can be sorted out. They will also be trained before sending them out in real world,"said Rohit Dhand, additional dean, Lovely Professional University, New Delhi.
For some companies, not only academic record, students' outlook and some other factors, which very often the students ignore and see them as not so important factors. "We give equal importance to values, fair and ethical practices and commitment of a student, besides, functional knowledge of the subject,"said Amandeep Singh Bhatia, senior vice-president, and general manager HR, Eicher-Volvo.
Nearly 400 students participated on the day two of the Avsar. The officials said nearly 14 companies conducted interviews, group discussions throughout the day on Friday. The companies included Volvo, Tata Tele-Services and Lovely Professional University among others. So far only seven hundred students have turned up to participate in annual placement drive out of fifteen hundred. Officials said that placement drive would continue on Saturday as well.