AKTU Job Fair in Noida: Urban students pip rural ones to get better pay
Those from affluent colleges in Greater Noida or Lucknow managed to cinch packages that were, on an average, Rs 3.5 lakh more than what the rural students got.noida Updated: Jun 09, 2017 22:49 IST
It’s 10 o’ clock Friday morning and a group of students dressed formally are sitting underneath a tree, waiting anxiously for their turn to appear for an interview at the Mega Job Fair organised by Abdul Kalam Technical University in Noida Sector 62.
These applicants have pursued Bachelors in Technology (BTech) from Vishveshwarya Group of Institutions in Dadri of Gautam Budh Nagar.
Four hours later, the group is still waiting at the spot, sweating under the sun and trying their best to not crease their shirts. A sense of gloom and despair has gradually replaced the anxiety of the morning hours.
“This is our sixth attempt to get a job after graduation and we are slowly losing hope. We are willing to work even for a salary of Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 per month,” says Dharmendra, an alumnus of Vishveshwarya Group of Institutions.
“Our college failed to provide us jobs during the placement season. We have applied in a number of companies at the job fair and we were expecting an annual package of Rs 1.8 lakh. But that looks difficult now,” said Kshitij Raj, another student.
The situation is somewhat similar with a majority of students who hail from colleges in rural areas, even though they are willing to work for a salary package between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2.2 lakh.
“We have applied for companies that are offering a salary package between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2 lakh. We cannot expect more than that,” said Nishant, an applicant from Saharanpur.
“I have completed my masters in computer applications from Aligarh College of Engineering and Technology and I am expecting a package of Rs 2.5 lakh,” said Khushbu Saini, another applicant.
However, there is a world of difference between the pay packages offered to rural students and those from urban areas.
Those from affluent colleges in Greater Noida or Lucknow managed to cinch packages that were, on an average, Rs 3.5 lakh more than what the rural students got.
“We have applied in GSS and HCL as they are offering Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh packages, respectively. Though our college failed to provide us jobs, we are hopeful that our luck might work here,” said Shivank, a student of JRE College, Knowledge Park, Greater Noida.
Even university officials confirmed that they had kept the salary package between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh in order to assist rural students.
“AKTU administration wishes to provide employment opportunity to rural students and that is why we have kept the lower base of pay package at Rs 1.5 lakh. However, the highest package being offered is Rs 5 lakh and the average is Rs 3.5 lakh,” said Sanjeev Sharma, advisor, Noida campus, AKTU.