In State, non-tech jobs chase aspirants

Barely few months before its first anniversary, the Central Placement Cell (CPC) - the brainchild of the State Labour and Training Department and the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) – has more jobs to offer than candidates on its roster.

Instituted with the main objective of helping job aspirants from technical streams, it had expanded its coverage to those from non-technical disciplines in July last year.

As on last week, the Cell placed as many as 1,299 candidates, including with some multi-national companies (MNCs).

The Cell has over 500 positions vacant for those who have passed SSLC, over 1,100 for those who have passed PUC and about 1,000 for BSc and BCA graduates, said Raghavendra R, CPC Head of Operations.

“Are there more job opportunities in Bangalore than job aspirants?” asks Raghavendra.  
The Cell, he says, has found a general increase in hiring over the last two quarters and companies which hired BE graduates in the previous years, had started hiring other graduates also.

However, the number of SSLC, PUC and graduate candidates seeking jobs has reduced, he adds.

“The demand for BSc/BCA graduates has increased more than ever before as the companies have increased hiring in the past two quarters and are showing signs of increasing the same further,” he says.

With most of the 24,000 candidates from different parts of the State registered with the Cell being engineering students, CPC is in the process of addressing this imbalance.

Bangalore accounts for about 25 to 28 percent of the registrations and is in the first place. Mysore (25 to 30 percent), Mangalore (17 to 18 percent) and Hubli (15 percent) are in the second, third and fourth places respectively.

The CPC was created with the dual objectives of helping meet the State’s target of creating employment for 10 lakh people by the end of the current policy period - 2014, and to build a bridge between the employer and the prospective employee.

The Cell is working with as many as 76 active partners (employers) including MNCs like Accenture, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Aditya Birla. It has also placed candidates with Infosys and IBM, but through external agencies.

The Cell is also left wanting for some infrastructure which the Department of Higher Education had promised.

“We have eight people working with the CPC and we need at least 25 of them to take this initiative to the next level. However, there is no infrastructure in place for us to hire more,” a representative says.

Currently, working out of a small office at the KEA building, the representative said the Department of Higher Education was to provide the infrastructure for the team to move to the vacant space in the same building. But, that is yet to happen.

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