What gloom? It is raining jobs on Tamil Nadu engineering college campuses
- The good news is that the IT companies are now turning their attention to engineering colleges in tier-2 cities in the state as well
- IT majors increased campus hiring by 20% so far and IT product companies and some startups, too, have hired in good numbers from July to September this year
IT majors TCS, Wipro, Cognizant and Infosys increased campus hiring by 20% so far and IT product companies including Amazon, VISA, De Shaw, Zoho, Coding Mart, Honeywell, Wells Fargo and PayPal, and some startups, too, have hired in good numbers from July to September this year.
However, engineering colleges are still sceptical about the level of hiring by core companies (manufacturing) this year due to the slowdown. “Generally, core companies visit during the second half of the recruitment season. So, we are still hopeful they would visit in good numbers from December,” a placement officer said. The hiring so far has been in areas such as automotive electronics, cybersecurity, Internet of Things and big data.
“IT sector jobs have increased due to digitisation in the country. It calls for expertise and knowledge. That’s why IT firms are boldly hiring more people,” said Anna University vice-chancellor M K Surappa. Anna University’s four campuses had 576 placements till September 2018, this year it has gone up to 753 indicating 30% jump in the placements.
“IT, IT product companies and startups are all hiring in good numbers. Some of them have come more than once to our campus,” said Sriram Padmanabhan, director, career centre, SRM Institute of Science and Technology. SRM saw a big jump in ‘day one’ placements from 3,000 last year to more than 4,000.
‘TCS, Wipro, CTS & Infosys hiked hiring by 30%’
Sriram Padmanabhan of SRM Institute said, “The top four IT companies - TCS, Wipro, Cognizant and Infosys – alone increased their hiring by more than 30%. Our students have received more than 6,000 offers in just two months.”
“As on October 1 last year, 50% of our students got placed. This year more than 70% of students are placed. There is still one full semester to go,” says R M Kishore, vice-chairman, RMK Engineering College, Kavarapettai, near Chennai.
“Last year out of 750 eligible candidates at Sri Sairam Engineering College we had 378 students (50%) placed till October. This year the number of placements has gone up to 438 (70%) out of 620 eligible candidates,” says L Arunachalam, dean, training and placement, Sri Sairam Engineering College, Chennai.