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Only 138 students placed this year as Headhunting at DU takes a dive

With only 138 students being placed this year against 1,160 students being placed last year, the varsity’s placement campaign has been severely impacted by the delay in exams caused due to the ongoing pandemic.

Usually, exams of the final year students conclude till May or June, which gives ample time for the placement cell to get to work. But, this year due to the pandemic and change in the exam pattern, several exams are still ongoing. The results of all students are expected only by October or November.

“We had planned to hold recruitments for over 2,500 students as we had tied up with several companies that were interested in bulk recruitments. But the hiring process involved the conduct of large-scale tests. Something that could not be done online. Also, the delay in announcing the results of final-year students impacted the numbers,”

said Hena Singh, in-charge of University’s Central Placement Cell

According to Singh, the pandemic has given rise to an unprecedented situation, Singh feels that the graduating students deserve yet another chance and said that there will be discussions on what can be done. She did give some hope to final year students by saying that the recruitment process may start again.

Miranda House

At Miranda House, the highest annual package this year was Rs.18 Lakh per annum compared to Rs.20 Lakh per annum last year. However, the average package rose from Rs.6 Lakh per annum to Rs. 7.33 Lakh per annum.

“The placement process turned sluggish between March and May (lockdown period). However, it has picked up since August and companies are recruiting from the graduating batch of 2020.”

Ishita Bhatia, president of the placement cell at Miranda House said

Shri Ram College of Commerce

According to the placement cell of SRCC college, the highest annual package this year stood at Rs. 31 Lakh per annum, the same as last year. This year, the average package stood at Rs. 8.4 Lakh per annum, a jump of two lakh rupees per annum from the previous year.

“Some students approached us after global companies rescinded on the offers made to them. In the case of smaller companies, our teams interacted with employers and tried to renegotiate the offers.”

Simrit Kaur, Principal of SRCC college said that the placement team worked closely with students whose offers were rescinded by companies.

Lady Shri Ram College for Women

At LSR this year, the highest package stood at Rs. 30 Lakh per annum. Where last year it stood at Rs.37.8 Lakh per annum. While the average package stands at Rs. 9.4 Lakh per annum.

“Few offers, less than 5%, were also revoked due to the crisis. Current aspirants should hone their IT skills which are going to gain more importance in the times to come,” he said.

Arvind Kumar, the convener of the placement cell at the college, said this was due to the Covid-19 crisis.

St. Stephen’s College

At Stephen’s, the highest package offered last year was of Rs.29 Lakh per annum, which dropped to Rs. 26 Lakh per annum this year. However, the average package didn’t suffer much and stood at Rs. 10.25 Lakh per annum.

Hindu College

“Our college’s average salary increased by ?1 lakh per annum from last year. If we look at the placement figures of top DU colleges, it won’t synchronise with the 23% fall in India’s GDP in the first quarter. The placement figures haven’t changed much from last year as companies that largely recruit from top colleges are from sectors such as information technology or accounting. These businesses were not affected by the pandemic as compared to other sectors such as the service industry or tourism.”

Shankar Kumar, faculty in charge of the Placement Cell at Hindu College

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