First-of-its-kind fair in DU

First-of-its-kind fair in DU

It was for the first time that Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) recently organised a job fair which saw the participation of as many as 40 companies  and  footfall of thousands of graduates aspiring to have a good job.

Organised at the University Sports Complex, the fair was inaugurated by chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

The much maligned Dinesh Singh, DU’s Vice Chancellor was also present along with DUSU president Arun Hooda and other members of the union. It almost appeared that a crisis control and reassurance exercise was in progress.

While the CM assured that a large number of students would be able to gain employment through the fair, the VC on the other hand, stated that the job fair would provide solutions related to career opportunities so that students can excel in life by making correct choices.

Arun Hooda later in a chat with Metrolife stated, “By organising this job fair we wanted to facilitate a direct interaction between job seekers and employers. At the same time, the idea was to offer candidates a formal training about what to expect and how to prepare themselves for interviews.”

The two-day long event saw the participation of companies like Genpact, Serco, Aegis, Secure Meters Limited, Lifestyle, Convergys, Bajaj Capital, Axis Capital, Techlive Connect, NIMS Bio Med India, Alps Industries Ltd, Bagrrys India Limited, IGT, Bharti Axa, Policy Bazar, Max Bupa, Kannav, NIIT Limited and many more.

Sharing the experience of fair Shahid Akhtar, a graduate of DU in B.Com (Hons) said, “I got a job with RBS Bank on the first day. But I also visited the fair on the second day as more companies were expected to come. Due to certain reasons I decided to stick to my first job.”

“I am happy that I have something to do now but the only drawback is that I will have to work in different shifts.”

Like Shahid several other graduates from DU and other universities like Indraprastha, Punjab Technical University thronged the venue to find the right placements.

However, a lot of students felt that the job fair was helpful only for B.Com graduates as there was little for the Science graduates. Yet others complained that only Business Process Outsourcing (BPOs) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPOs) companies came for recruitments.

According to Hooda, about 1700 students were shortlisted while 150 students were given offer letters on day one itself.

The minimum pay package offered at the fair was Rs 1.2 lakh per annum and the maximum went upto Rs 6 lakh per annum and was made by Genpact.