It’s time for Delhi University (DU) students to tweak their curriculum vitae, brush up communication skills and get ready to welcome industry and corporate houses.
Come September, and DU will roll out the red carpet for headhunters through its centralised placement cell.
Corporate houses can now choose from 1,000 students across 60 colleges of DU. “Some of the best colleges already have placement cells. But the centralised placement cell will reach out to a wider number of students coming from diverse backgrounds,” said S.K. Vij, Dean (Students Welfare).
The cell will tap talent in lesser-known and off campus DU colleges and facilitate companies to pick up the best. “The data base of companies and eligible students is ready. We are now inviting both students and companies to register with us,” said Seema M. Parihaar, Deputy Dean (Students Welfare).
Placement will happen in four categories —Science and Life Sciences, Economics and Commerce, Math and Statistics and Languages and Social Sciences.
“Final-year students need to brush up on their communication and analytical skills, team work and innovativeness,” said Parihar.
Companies like Infosys, Google, MacKinsey, GE Capital, ICICI and HDFC are already visiting individual colleges. Last year, Lehman Brothers took six students from Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), with the highest salary at Rs 18 lakh per annum. A total of 300 students were placed at Hans Raj College while the number for Kirori Mal College stood at 80.
“There are certain companies which will not pay beyond Rs 3 lakh per annum. And we also have students of medium caliber. So if a student’s expectations matches with the company’s offer, then its the best situation,” said P C Jain, principal, SRCC.
In April 2008, the Confederation of Indian Industry joined hands with DU to impart industry endorsed professional skills through a six-month certification programme under the aegis of School of Open Learning (SOL), DU.
“The programme aims to bridge the gap between demand and supply of skilled workforce. The first batch of students is already learning functional skills in three high growth segments —Information Technology, Automotives, and Retail,” said Dinesh Dinesh Gupta, deputy director, South Study Centre, SOL.
Colleges with individual placement cells are adopting the wait and watch policy.
“Let’s see what filtration policy DU adopts and what parameters they set for companies,” said Manasvini Yogi, media coordinator at IP College for Women.