Offers aplenty for job seekers

Law Minister S Suresh Kumar greets a girl at the job fair, at Rajajinagar on Sunday. DH photo

By 5 pm, 40 per cent of the qualified people were recruited by the companies on the spot. About 820 candidates were accepted for training and 513 people were shortlisted for second round of interviews with companies.

Most of the job seekers with a Bachelor of Engineering background sought jobs in software firms, but most of the firms present wanted to recruit youngsters between the ages of 22 and 28 with a diploma in Information Technology. Financial firms seeking chartered accountants gave job offers to 50 aspirants.

Brijesh Nagasampige (25) of Basaveshwara Nagar, who has a B Com degree and could not find a satisfactory job for over a year was shortlisted for second round of interview by a financial firm. Executive director for KVTSDC, Keshava Murthy said while there was no dearth of jobs, the problems arose in the ‘employability quotient’ of the candidates.

“To tackle this issue, the corporation has started many programmes to raise the bar among the candidates applying for jobs in our fairs.” He added that KVTSDC has organised more than 30 similar fairs and 20 at a smaller level across the state. Roughly three lakh youngsters have left these fairs with job offers.

Inauguration

Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Kumar, who inaugurated the fair, said that job fairs play an important role in reducing the number of unemployed. The state government is making all efforts to ensure that job fairs are held in every city across Karnataka, he added.

Speaking to the applicants, the minister said jobs are subject to demand and supply rule. “The supply of candidates with in IT and IT-related courses far exceed the demand. There are many other engineering courses which want people but very few s tudents join it,” said Suresh Kumar.

KVTSDC also claims to have created a database with details of all the people who attended the fair so as to use it for the benefit of those who went back home without an offer.

However, while the organisers say that attendance was from people from across the State, a majority of those were residents of Bangalore, more particulary from areas in and around Rajajinagar.

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