At just 20, Harneet Singh has been snapped up by Synovate Business Consulting, with a package of around Rs 5.5 lakh a year, through campus placement. That is almost the kind of starting salary that fresh grads from the IITs and the IIMs can command, but Singh has done no less for himself with a Bachelor of business studies course in Delhi University.
Like most of his classmates, this student of Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies bagged the offer immediately after his graduation at a time when most B-schools barring the very best are finding it tough to place their students
Singh is not alone. There are hundreds of Delhi University students who have landed decent jobs, by choosing the right course. This is the DU brand at work. When lakhs of students from across the country were vying for the 49,000 seats in the university, the graduating batch was reaping the harvest it sowed three years ago.
Isha Verma, a Bachelor of applied science (instrumentation) grad from the Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, has offers from three companies - Wipro, Barclays and Ultra International. "We are taught all kinds of instrumentation, which equips us to fit into diverse companies ranging from pharmaceuticals to software," she says.
Several degrees lead you to a job right after graduation - applied sciences (instrumentation, computer science, food technology and electronics), BBS, BCom (Hons) and vocational programmes from the College of Vocational Studies (CVS). "In campus placements, the college saw companies from IT, pharma and healthcare sectors that offered salaries in the range of Rs 25,000-Rs 30,000 per month to our students," claimed Dr Jaiprakash, principal, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences.
While students from job-oriented programmes regularly get offers from blue chip companies, a few bag packages that are surprisingly high. The highest package offered at the College of Business Studies this year was Rs 10 lakh from Future First, says Sonia Sareen, placement officer at the college. An equivalent salary was offered this year to Utsav Mitra, a BCom (Hons) graduate from the Shri Ram College of Commerce.
Despite these offers, the majority among the students decide to go for further studies rather than jump into the job market. "Our students get offers from companies like HDFC and Kotak Mahindra, but most of them turn these down as they intend to go for an MBA," says Inderjeet Dagar, Principal, CVS.
Some, however, can rise to a senior position without an MBA or any other PG degree. For instance, Poonam Srivastava, a 1993 alumna of Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, did not pursue a PG programme but is now associate vice-president in Jubilant Organosys. "One should believe in continuous self-renewal in the industry rather than in academics for scaling the professional ladder," says Srivastava.