As a pupil of graduating MA Social Work (Criminology and Justice) class at TISS, the 24-year-old was trying ahead to turning into an employed skilled simply three months in the past. He was a part of the cohort who paid TISS’ central placement committee and the School of Social Work to register for the yr’s placement alternatives. But COVID-19 intervened.
The TISS pupil just isn’t alone. Across the nation, the lockdown has pressured a number of academic institutes to place their placement processes on maintain. Even college students who’ve obtained gives from firms will not be positive if their appointment letters shall be honoured. “For a course like mine, I’m less hopeful of finding any opportunity right away. Other than formal placements, we have a WhatsApp group for job offers but many companies are now asking for prior experience of two to five years. Most of us are freshers,” the TISS pupil stated.
As for the central placements for which he had registered together with round 400 others, lower than 60 have been positioned. A pupil consultant of the cell stated fewer than 20 firms got here to the campus this yr.
Another spherical of placement as soon as TISS reopens is unlikely. Some colleges have requested firms if they might conduct the method on-line. For the School of Social Work, absence of government-run firms on this yr was disappointing, stated one other consultant.
The campus placement system, by which many graduating college students discovered jobs effectively forward of their last semester, has been an early casualty of COVID-19. Placements for many faculties start after August. With the economic system already sluggish, the personal sector too have indicated that this could be a foul yr for recruitment.
A pupil from IIT-Bombay’s Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, positioned in a Bangalore-based consulting agency, was to affix workplace on April 1. “Luckily, the firm has sent a mail saying they will share a joining date shortly. But there have been cases where students have not been given offer letters after being selected,” he stated.
“There is a word on our campus (IIT-B) that companies are backing out. I last received a mail from the company that had recruited me saying said that the joining date has been pushed to August,” stated a pupil of metallurgical engineering, who has been positioned by the Indian counterpart of an American MNC.
Training and placement officer of IIT-B, B V Ravi Shankar, stated: “We have moved to online evaluation of candidates for companies who are willing.” The second section for placements had commenced on January 20. “Companies have established contact with most of the selected candidates. Rolling out offer letters generally extends till May.”
Of the 121 college students of Masters in Management Studies at Mumbai University’s Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute for Management and Financial research, 89 had been positioned, stated Director Smita Shukla. Of 35 firms that had come for hiring, 10 backed out. “We asked companies if they can offer jobs that offered student the option of working remotely and some did. Since many marketing jobs involve going to the field, some offers were withdrawn,”stated Shukla.
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies stated all its college students have been positioned in summer time internships and final-year placements, carried out from October to January and December to January, respectively. However, the scholars claimed in any other case. “While many internships got cancelled, some companies have started online learning platforms, which we are not interested in,” stated a MBA pupil.
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