Seeing the poor response by traditional recruiters in the first month of placement, public sector units such as IOC, ONGC, GAIL, BPCL, HPCL, BHEL, MTNL, NTPC and SAIL are being contacted by the student placement cell of IIT Bombay, inviting them to visit their campus for recruitments.A reader comments that the report appears to apply to the Management school at IIT Bombay rather than the campus as a whole. But the situation for engineers cannot be a lot better. We are seeing similar problems at the IIMs where recruiters are asking that the placement fee be waived. Many FMCG and manufacturing companies long disdained by the IIM fraternity are taking their time responding- I guess they have a point to make. The IIM average salary, for long artificially inflated by the dollar-paying overseas segment, will now look a lot more modest.
Placements on the IIT campuses across the country, which began in January, have suffered due to the economic slowdown, with even IIT Bombay, a much sought-after institute among most companies, seeing lukewarm response from the private corporate world so far. The trend is evident with placement dates being extended till April. Earlier, the placement process at the IIT Bombay used to get over within two to three days.
I believe the corrections to the excesses that are now taking place are entirely welcome. Both the financial sector and the IT sector had created huge distortions in the graduate markets. Manufacturing companies and public sector companies were the big losers in the talent contest and we had the ridiculous spectacle of whole batches from engineering colleges veerring towards IT as though none of the other engineering disciplines mattered.
The debacle among banks and investment banks has taken the fluff out of the financial sector. The slowdown on the American economy and the Satyam episode is causing a reassessment of the IT sector. After the Sixth Pay Commission, government and public sector jobs, with their combination of decent pay, housing, job security and post-retirement benefits are beginning to look attractive. Whatever the problems it may have created, we should thank the financial crisis for restoring balance to the Indian job market and to aspiring young Indians.