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The Times of India | Preetu Nair | TNN | January 2, 2016 | Kochi |

KOCHI: Students studying core engineering courses — civil and mechanical — in Kerala colleges find very few companies coming for campus placements. Three years ago, with a sudden spurt in the recruitment of students from these streams, many colleges had increased the number of batches for these courses.  While 90% of computer science, IT and electronics and communication students in Cochin University of Science and Technology’s (Cusat) School of Engineering got campus placement this year, only 20 of the 60 eligible mechanical engineering students were picked up. Meanwhile, no company has come to exclusively recruit civil engineering students. “Core companies have reduced the intake of civil and mechanical engineering students,” said C V Prem Kumar, the placement coordinator with Cusat’s School of Engineering.

The situation is not much different in College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram. Here it is easier for civil and mechanical engineering students to get jobs in the IT field than in their core areas. “There are very few core companies. Unlike IT companies that recruit in large numbers, these companies recruit a maximum of around five to seven candidates,” said K Jayaraj, the placement officer in the college.  Meanwhile, after a lull, the major IT companies are going for campus placements in a big way this year. IT recruiters and engineering college managements say that major IT firms have increased their recruitments by 25% to 30% now.  While IT firms offer salaries between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh per year for beginners, the core sector companies offer only between Rs 96,000 and Rs 1.5 lakh. –  Courtesy


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