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Aptitude tests for Bharathiar University students

To increase opportunities for speedier employment of arts and science graduates, Bharathiar University will encourage students to write industry-specific aptitude tests before the final semester of their courses.

M. Jayakumar, Professor of Extension of the University, said that the scores obtained by the students would be accessible to over 5,000 business houses and companies involved in information technology (IT) and information technology-enabled services (ITES) through a micro site of a popular job portal.

Colleges would be clustered together for coaching and creation of databases. Talented students would be encouraged to act as peer group educators in order to train the rest of the students in writing aptitude tests and facing interviews.

"Branding of colleges and universities is also an important activity and this can be promoted by establishing industry-institute interaction cells, signing of agreements and showcasing viable projects of students to industry leaders," he said.

On an average, Bharathiar University produced 30,000 graduates every year, of which 65 per cent were undergraduates who could fit into sectors such as ITES, retail marketing, private insurance, financial services, logistics in transport sectors, telecommunication services and the print media.

At present, only eight to 10 per cent were employed through interviews conducted on the campus or elsewhere, within three months of their graduation. An additional 20 per cent could be employed if they were computer literate and had adequate competence in English. Commerce and business management students needed to have high-speed keyboarding abilities.

Prof. Jayakumar said that at the post-graduate level, students who had studied Master of Computer Application (MCA) courses preferred only software development work. However, jobs in software testing, animation and research and development (R & D) were available in plenty.

There was a demand for summer coaching camps to teach basic mathematics, logical reasoning abilities and problem solving, for post-graduate students of computer applications and business administration in the affiliated colleges of the University. To get into software companies, candidates needed an in-depth knowledge of C, C++ and data structure and it was a matter for concern that only 20 to 25 per cent of students cleared the screening process of software and marketing companies.

A.A. MICHAEL RAJ

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