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The Times of India | TNN |  Nov 22, 2016 |

MADURAI: A petition has been filed before the Madurai bench of the Madras high court demanding equal opportunities in giving campus placements to students studying in government and private engineering colleges and deemed universities in the state.   The court will soon hear the petition whether it is maintainable to be heard by it.  One Jawaharlal Nehru from Karur filed the petition. The petitioner’s counsel wanted the court to give a direction to the state government and NASSCOM chairman to set up a transparent mechanism for campus placement, on behalf of Indian and multinational companies, in government and private engineering colleges and deemed universities in the state.  According to the petitioner, there are 50 government, private and Anna University constituent engineering colleges besides deemed universities from which three lakh students successfully come out every year.

The students are given admission in institutions as per academic merit. But, they are not given equal opportunities in employment. The state government is providing all infrastructure facilities – land, water, electricity, to the multinational companies by keeping in mind the overall welfare of the state and career opportunity of the students, for which the money is used from the public exchequer.  But, the companies conduct recruitment drives in 30 to 40 colleges in the state and leave the remaining colleges. Last year, it provided thousands of offers to the students in those colleges and a single student got up to five offers. There are companies which never visit most of the government engineering colleges and the university colleges, where meritorious students are studying. The act of the companies is inequality among equals, which is a violation of the Indian Constitution, the petitioner alleged.Due to lack of opportunities, bright young engineers get only poor paid jobs like clerk, security staff and office assistants. In some cases, they have become anti-social elements by committing serious offences. In the US, there is a body to provide equal employment opportunity which ensures no discrimination while providing jobs. Therefore, the companies having utilised the benefits, the state has rendered to them, need to provide equal opportunities to the students. Regarding that, a representation was sent to the state’s chief secretary, secretaries of information technology, higher education and NASSCOM chairman on September 17. But there was no response from them, the petitioner said. –  Courtesy


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