Mumbai colleges do their bit today to promote tomorrow’s leaders
Institutes are helping students hone business and soft skills before they venture out to become entrepreneursmumbai Updated: Jan 22, 2018 10:32 IST
Over the years, campus placements have witnessed many changes in the city. Until a few years ago, more students were opting for job experience over higher education and now, the placement department of every college is finding more and more students inching towards entrepreneurship and start-ups. City institutes are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that no matter what their choice post-graduation, students are well-equipped to handle any situation that comes their way.
“Entrepreneurship is not as easy as it seems but over the years, more students are showing interest in it and our Career Development Cell is on it, through the year,” said Dinesh Panjwani, principal, R D National College, Bandra. He added that various sessions including interactive dialogues with those who are doing well in their chosen career path are organised through the year. “Something as basic as your attire while approaching investors or finding the right partner are things we focus on and students are very appreciative of such programmes,” he added.
Bhandup’s NES Ratnam College of Arts, Science and Commerce recently organised a one day ‘start-up’ festival for college students from across the country. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been encouraging India to transform itself from a nation of job seekers to a nation of job creators and it is so nice to see young students coming up with interesting and non-perishable ideas,” said a spokesperson for the institute. This is third year that the college has held this festival and this year too, participating students came from a range of institutes from cities such as Jaipur, Delhi, Pune, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Aurangabad. “Through this fest, these aspiring student entrepreneurs get to interact with and get mentored by industrial leaders, capital investors as well as successful business owners,” said principal Nithya Narayana.
Recently, HT had highlighted the growing demand for graduate students in various finance and capital organisations with undergraduate students from city colleges bagging as much as Rs12.5 lakh per annum through campus placements. The placement officers of various colleges are noticing a growing yearning among students to start their own venture and seek help with the same.
“There’s a considerable rise in the number of students preferring to start their own venture, and they are very confident with their ideas especially because they have spent a lot of time zeroing in on their ideas. While many are open to taking risks immediately after graduation, a large number of students are also opting to work in the industry for two years to build their profile and network and then dive headlong into their own venture,” said Haseena Sayed, coordinator of the E-Cell and Placement Cell at Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
An undergraduate student of St Xavier’s College in Dhobi Talao has received one of the highest annual packages this year -- Rs12.5 lakh. At the same time, however, the number of students from the institute wanting to start their own venture after graduation has also increased, officials said. “Almost 70% of graduating students this year have opted for jobs immediately after college to either use this work experience to later head for a higher education degree abroad, or to use this job experience in order to start their own venture later on,” said Soni George, placement coordinator at the institute.