If Radhika Mittal, Arun Dobriyal, Ashish Kumar Yadav and Vighnesh Vadhani were to update their status (a what’s on your mind prompter) on Facebook, their post could very well read: “Hired by Facebook. Sweet deal.”
Social networking site Facebook has recruited the four students of IIT-Kharagpur at an annual salary package of Rs 77 lakh each — the highest offered by the company to IIT students so far this year.
This is also the company’s biggest hiring in one go from any of the IITs. All four are from the computer science engineering department. Mittal, 20, the only girl in the lot, is a BTech student, while Dobriyal, Yadav and Vadhani, all 21, are from the Dual Degree programme (a fast track process for completing MTech or MSc in five instead of the normal six years).
“The students have been offered an annual package of US $1,50,000 and will be based in the US. Last year too, Facebook had recruited from our campus,” said SK Srivastava, placement and training in-charge of IIT-KGP.
On Monday, Hindustan Times had reported Facebook hiring IIT-Delhi student Ankur Dahiya, 21, at an annual salary package of around Rs 65 lakh. Facebook is not the only top-notch recruiter at IIT-KGP this year. Epic, a US-based IT firm, has offered five students an annual package of US $80,000 (Rs 41 lakh). Leading IT giants Google, Microsoft and IBM have also made lucrative offers.
Plum offers also pouring in from other sectors. Rio Tinto, an Australian mining company, has made 17 job offers of an annual package of Rs 39 lakh. The Boston Consulting Group, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Transocean, Schlumberger, Worldquant, Opera Solutions, Capital One, Hindustan Unilever and ITC are among the top recruiters this year at IIT-KGP.