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Talent hunt on campuses

REGULAR CAMPUS selection by information technology companies has brought cheers to students in the engineering colleges in the district. Hundreds of students from campuses here have been selected by major companies in the country. The Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) and Model Engineering College (MEC), Thrikkakara, witnessed record campus selection this time with more than 300 students from both the institutions getting placements in leading companies.

The achievement is unique as these students get jobs one year ahead of the completion of their course. Students who have bagged the jobs will only be passing out in 2005. Over 200 students on the main campus of Cusat and the Cochin University College of Engineering, Pulinkunnu, have also found a place in the list leading companies.

IT companies are also taking students from various self-financing engineering colleges in the district. Over 100 students of the Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology at Kakanad had got placement in companies like Infosys through campus interviews. Companies, including Huawei Tech, Sasken, Future Soft, Birla Soft and others, had approached the school for recruiting young talents.

Around 50 per cent of the first batch of students at the Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering and Technology, Kalady, found placement in leading IT companies. Infosys, Birla Soft, Huawei Tech, Accenture and Oracle had taken students from the college. Besides software firms, the students of the Adi Shankara institute had also landed in jobs in the Indian Army and Navy.

Twenty-five students of the School of Engineering and Technology under the School of Communication and Management Studies (SCMS), Kalamassery, got placements in companies like US Software, Suntech Business Solutions, Birla Soft, Huawei Tech and Accenture.

Infosys selected 16 students of the seventh semester B.Tech. programme of the Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology through campus recruitment. The company selected students of the Computer Science, Information Technology and Electronics and Communication engineering branches.

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THE CENTRE for Fish Disease Diagnosis and Management (CFDDM) at the Cusat has decided to set up a brood stock farm with re-circulation facility aimed at preserving the giant fresh water prawn on its Pulinkunnu campus.

The farm will be established as part of a project initiated by the centre for developing disease-free/disease-resistant high health brood stock of giant fresh water prawn. The brood stock farm will be set up at a cost of Rs. 35 lakhs. It will come up in 10 acres of un-reclaimed water spread area on the campus. It will be used for screening, selection and development of disease-free/disease-resistant high health fresh water prawn.

The Centre will also construct an indoor maturation system at a cost of Rs. 50 lakhs. The system will be set up in one-acre land close to the brood stock facility.

The Centre will seek the help of external funding agencies in the implementation of the project. A meeting of the Syndicate held on Monday had approved the project.

By G. Krishnakumar

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