Kolkata: As the first phase of placements drew to a close, IIT Kharagpur students have got the maximum number of jobs as compared to other IITs, institute officials said on Sunday.
The first phase of placements, which ended on Saturday, witnessed a growth of around 10 per cent with 1,100-plus job offers and 1050-plus students placed, they said.
This was achieved despite academic institutions and PSUs reducing their hiring numbers from the IIT campuses compared to the previous year.
IIT Kharagpur witnessed the participation of over 200 companies hiring for more than 275 profiles in the first phase of placements. In addition, around 50 companies have already registered for the second phase beginning January.
Apart from big players like Shell, ITC, Schlumberger, Goldman Sachs, Hindustan Unilever, Credit Suisse, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, a large number of first time recruiters, including The Parthenon Group, Baker Hughes, Visa and TSMC, also visited the campus, each one of them hiring close to 10 or more students.
"We are extremely thankful to the alumni community of IIT Kharagpur which played a pivotal role in the recruitment drive bringing in leading organisations and upcoming startups to the campus. This is a collective effort of the career development centre which has put in a lot of hard work in achieving this tremendous result," said Punj Rajan, Vice President of Technology Students' Gymkhana at IIT Kharagpur.
Companies like Robert Bosch, ZS Associates, Capgemini, EXL, Flipkart and Cognizant were among the top recruiters making multiple offers.
Start-ups like Housing, Commonfloor, Meru Cabs, Snapdeal, Stayzilla and OYO Rooms also hired aggressively for various roles spanning across operations, marketing, analytics and software development.
Prof Sudhirkumar Barai, Chairman, Career Development Centre (CDC), said, "While there is a lot of buzz in the community about the exceedingly high pay packages offered to some students, CDC at IIT Kharagpur is taking a conscious step towards encouraging students to take career-oriented choices which will make them leaders in the industry".
This unique initiative has resulted in a tremendous rise in the number of students opting for a job in a profile of their choice irrespective of pay package, he said.