Plenty of opportunities
The placement drive at Acharya Institutes, Soladevanahalli, has had an overwhelming start with more than 150 students being recruited by reputed companies. The placement activities of the college have been entirely coordinated by the students for the students.
The placement department has achieved this feat in very short span of time and is looking forward to bring more companies in the days to come.
Companies like Infosys, Maventic, Peol Solutions, Agis and Dell have turned out to be the major recruiters for the 2012 batch. Even Indian Navy and Indian Army have shortlisted many candidates from the campus. Infosys has recruited more number of students than any other corporate house by recruiting 95 students out of the 101 who were shortlisted. “Placement for all is the objective of our placement cell. We organise a lot of pooled placement sessions wherein we invite eligible candidates from other institutions as some companies only turn up when they have enough candidates to choose from. In the process, our students also get recruited,” says C B M Bhooshan, the placement director of Acharya.
Interestingly, the placement cell has been coordinated completely by the students under the guidance of placement directors. The coordinating committee has been formed by a few dedicated students from all the streams and semesters. “This arrangement has been done to maintain a healthy relationship between corporates and the college for the benefit of the students. Since even the first semester students are involved in this process, by the time their term comes, they will pick up a lot of things. This arrangement helps them watch the recruitment process from close quarters, and to interact with corporate representatives which boost their confidence level,” says Sujay Christopher, assistant placement director.
Manchan Singh, from the electronics and communications department, is one of the student coordinators for the placement activities. Manchan says that every year, they make sure that a student has at least three offers at his disposal. “For the last three years, the placement was very good. More than 150 clients have visited our campus in the span of 17 months. And being a part of placement team has helped me gain self confidence, improve my communication skills and overcome stage fear. As we have a direct interaction with the technical and HR executives of the clients, we get a hands-on experience of recruitment process,” he says.
Anupama, a seventh semester student from the computer science department, has been hired by Infosys. “The HR round had simple questions. It was mostly about our project, hobbies, time and stress management skills. Our analytical abilities, expertise in communication and readiness to work in a group were also tested,” she says.
Sajid, another student, says that the pre-placement training extended by the placement cell helped him a lot in sailing through the interview. “The cell used update us through e-mails. The crash courses on soft skills, mock interviews and aptitude were of great help.”