Jamshedpur, Sept. 28: Amidst the lockdown due to COVID-19, Kolhan University is gearing up to organise placement and internship drives in online mode.
An official of the university said that during the lockdown, the biggest challenge is to provide job placements and internships to students. The university has decided to organise an international webinar inviting companies.
“Due to the lockdown enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus, colleges were closed down in March. The university runs several vocational courses and it is important to conduct placements and internships for the students. We have asked all the placement cells of the colleges to send their requirements and we can get in touch with the companies and corporate houses for online placements,” said an official.
As per the plans the university through its colleges will also webinar on personality development, confidence building and will also arrange for internships that would make the students job ready.
According to the college authorities, recruiters find fresh talents in the city since colleges have the caliber to fulfill the requirements of the corporate world. However, at the same time these students are available at reasonable pay, which is also one of the reasons why companies are pouring in at the campus. BPO and consulting firms easily get candidates which otherwise is not possible in metros.
“Initially, BPOs were the only head-hunters, but these jobs have limited growth. Now, we get industries that hire science students as chemists. Companies like L&T and Usha Martin have been hiring our students. For commerce and arts students, the finance and insurance sector is a prospective area. Although the market is slow, we are trying to get companies, where students will learn and grow,” said an official.
However, a section of faculty members feels that students in the city cradles suffer from lack of exposure. A job-oriented syllabus, skills and soft skill development programmes, they feel, can change the scenario.
“Students here suffer from lack of communication skills. Plus, whenever interviews are organised, student unions create a ruckus. So, many colleges don’t dare invite companies. The mindset should change,” said a faculty member of a city college.
It may be noted that from the last few years the Kolhan University colleges have witnessed a boom in job offers pouring in at the campus. Last year several students bagged jobs during internship in Reliance Jio. Now companies are picking up students directly from the colleges, which is indeed a good signal. Apart from BPO firms companies like Tata Steel and Usha Martin have also selected students from college campuses. Moreover companies like Infosys, Wipro, ICICI Prudential are regular in the campus.