IIT Madras' first placement session sees a 20% in job offers even amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The big recruiters of this year’s first session include Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Bajaj Auto, ISRO, Alphonso, and Qualcomm
IIT Madras
IIT Madras

The placements at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras began by setting a new record of 123 jobs offered by 22 companies during the first session. This is higher than any of the preceding academic years, said the institute. Last year, 102 jobs were offered by 20 companies at the end of the first session.

The big recruiters of this year’s first session include Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Bajaj Auto, ISRO, Alphonso, and Qualcomm. Phase I of Placements is expected to continue till December 1, 2020. The session began at 7 am and was wrapped up by 2 pm. It saw the participation of 22 companies covering 43 job profiles.

In the second and final slot of the day (Session 1.2) of Day One Placements that is being held between 4 pm and 11 pm today, 24 companies with 48 profiles are scheduled to participate. These companies include TSMC, KLA Tencor, GE and Wipro.
Elaborating on how the entire Placement process is being conducted online this academic year due to the impact of COVID-19, Dr C S Shankar Ram, Advisor (Training and Placement), IIT Madras, said, “The IIT Madras Placement team has worked with our recruiting partners to seamlessly enable this transition. I am happy to share that we have exceeded the number of offers made in the first session from the previous academic year. I am optimistic that a similar trend would continue over the next few days.”
The top recruiters of the morning session were Microsoft (19 offers), Texas Instruments (12 offers), Bajaj Auto (10 offers), ISRO (10 offers), Alphonso Inc (9 offers) and Qualcomm (8 offers).

A total of 1,443 students have registered for placements in the 2020-21 Academic Year, across different streams of study. The total number of companies registered for Phase I of Placements is 256. They will be recruiting for a total of 472 profiles. As many as 71 start-ups have registered for recruitment in the ongoing academic year 2020-21.

Sharing his experience on the online placement process this year, Pranjal Jain, Under Graduate Placement Head, IIT Madras, said, “The placement process, though conducted virtually for the first time, was very well organised. The placement team and companies were well prepared and have scheduled the interviews to avoid conflicts.”

Sharing his experience in participating in online placements, Dhruv Sriram, a student from the Department of Aerospace Engineering who secured placement in McKinsey this year, said, “The Placement Session of 2020-21 at IIT Madras was definitely a challenging experience for students, organisers and companies alike. It was heartening to see the administration and the students of the placement committee rallying behind us to ensure a seamless virtual experience at each stage. Three words that best describe this placement season for me would be Empathy, Technology and Collaboration. Overall, a fantastic experience that would serve as a template for how placements may be conducted in the future across the country!”

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