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It is bonanza for NIT-C students

J.S. Bablu

B.Tech. students get good placements in this year's campus interview

KOZHIKODE: The first batch of B.Tech. students of the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, (NIT-C) has got good placements in this year's campus interview.

(Regional Engineering College, Calicut, was made NIT-C in June 2002.)

This year's placements are considered the best the institution has ever got since the REC was established in September 1961.

The highest offer, slightly over Rs.7 lakhs a year, has come from the multinational Google. The offer is higher than last year's highest offer of Rs.6.75 lakhs. Varghese Mathew of the Department of Computer Science has bagged it. Google is visiting the campus for the first time.

The second highest offer is made by Yahoo. A B.Tech. student, Phrince Philip of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and two MCA students, Jayasuriyan M. and Kapil Vikramadityan, have got the offers — Rs.5.75 lakhs a year. The third highest offer of Rs.5.5 lakhs is made by Oracle to seven students.

85 p.c. get offers

Eighty-five per cent of the B.Tech. students have got offers so far. What is significant this year is the increase in the number of `dream offers,' the offer students get after the first offer. The B.Tech. students have got 304 offers and 93 dream offers. The number of first-time offers (by 49 companies) for B.Tech., MCA and M.Tech. students is 412 and dream offers 110. [Students getting the first-time offer and dream offer have the option to choose between the two.]

Software companies have offered most of the jobs, about 70 per cent. The placements for Civil Engineering students, like last year, have been good this year also, says E. Gopinathan, head of the Department of Placement, Training and Linkage. He attributes this to the better placement trends witnessed across the country this year. Dinesh Vasudevan, MCA students representative in the placement cell, says the placements have been very good this year. He attributes this to the growth of outsourcing services in the country.

Average salary

The average salary offered is pegged at slightly over Rs.3 lakhs a year. The lowest is Rs.2.2 lakhs a year. The process which started on July 1, 2005 is open until May, Dr. Gopinathan says. The Department of Electrical and Electronics Department has already achieved 100 per cent placements. The Department of Electronics and Communications has got the maximum number of dream offers — 3.

Some of the companies that have visited the campus include Cognizent Technology Solutions, Agea Brown Boveri, Flextronics, Infosys, TC, Analog Devices, Bajaj, Delphi, Larsen and Turbo (L&T), Satyam and Motorola.

M.Tech. students have got better placements this year with 92 first-time offers and 12 dream offers. MCA students have got 16 offers and six dream offers. Dinesh Vasudevan says that the preference is for `circuit branches' such as Computer Science, Electronics and Communications and Electrical and Electronics Engineering, as is the trend everywhere. Mechanical Engineering, which is part of the core branches, is the next sought-after branch.

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