IIT Delhi placements: Moving from Phase-I to Phase-II

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New Delhi: The first phase of the placement season at IIT Delhi ended on a robust note with over 750 students getting job offers of their choice. With around 900 offers logged in (including PPOs) the campus has witnessed a robust increase of about 20% in the number of companies visiting campus as well as a 22% increase in the number of selections up to this point of time last year. Many more companies are scheduled to visit in Phase II which spans January to May. 43 students got selected for opportunities abroad from the European region, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, US etc. with 33 opting to explore these opportunities further.
The placement season for the batch graduating in 2019 at IIT Delhi commenced in August 2018. In the run-up to placements, students were provided various facilities, training sessions and workshops to help them prepare for the coming season. These included sessions on resume making, communication skills, presentation and interviewing skills, problem-solving and case workshops as well as multiple mock placement tests. The workshops also touched upon careers in various sectors.
The institute also organized a Career Conclave with the theme of “Prism of Possibilities: Visualise, Improvise, Realise” prior to the start of campus interviews with a view to help students make more informed career choices. The conclave invited senior officials from companies across sectors to help students get a better understanding of career opportunities available in the sector. The format of the conclave was based on panel discussions followed by interactive sessions with the speakers. The institute also organised Industry Day to enhance research based connections with industry.
The campus interview processes are conducted in two phases. Phase I started on 1st December whereas Phase II will commence in January and will go on till the end of May 2019.
The first day of the placement season at IIT Delhi started on a vibrant note at 8 AM on December 1. The pre-interview processes of companies like tests/ group discussions/assignments were conducted starting from the last week of August’ 2018 itself. More than 350 companies offering over 550 different profiles have registered on the Training & Placement portal to participate in campus placements for this year up to now. Many more are expected to register in the coming days. Over 150 companies should be visiting the campus in the next phase.
The rostering / company slotting system at IIT Delhi endeavours to spread out the companies to give both the students and the recruiters a varied and richer experience. Company slotting is done based on numerous parameters including the job profile offered, growth prospects in the company and sector, reputation/brand of the company on campus, preferences of the students, past relationship/record with IIT Delhi and other IITs etc. Also, the campus believes that each day of the entire placement season (up to May) is important. Slotting needs to be done to spread the companies across all days of the recruiting season based on mutual convenience.
The status of offers received up to now through campus placement processes across profiles is as below:
Over 70% students were placed in the Core jobs (since companies offering Information Technology profiles are core to many streams including Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics etc., and companies registered under the Others category include those offering technical profiles).
A rise has been witnessed this year in the organisations registering to hire students for core engineering profiles i.e. for electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, etc. Artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, stochastic modelling and predictive analysis look to be upcoming sectors as industry gears up for Industry 4.0 with an exponential increase in organisations looking for talent with this skill-set.
Highlighting this trend, Prof. S. Dharmaraja, Head T&P, said, “As we expected, offers from core companies increased. Core companies including those registering under the domain of Information Technology and Others yielded over 70% offers.”
Ms. Anishya Madan, Industry Liaison Officer, (T&P), said, “The efforts of the entire placement team of staff and volunteers coupled with the positive reaction from industry this year has translated into these hiring numbers. We hope this trend continues till the end of the season.”
Students across streams got good offers. Students also bagged over 160 PPOs of which around 90 were accepted. A few students opted for the deferred placement options of the institute available to students interested in pursuing their start-up dreams.