Even as 229 B.Tech final year students of the various branches of the L D College of Engineering have been selected for placement by various companies during the ongoing campus placement exercise,many students said that they were facing problems in campus recruitment owing to less than 60 per cent of marks obtained by them in their examinations. They blamed the examination pattern of the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) which took over all the engineering and professional institutions in the state in 2009.
Students said the companies interviewed only those students who had scored 60 per cent and above in each of the three years they have so far passed. Since hardly 40 per cent of the students have managed to score 60 per cent and more,students said majority of them lost the chance to try their luck in campus placement.
They said when their college was affiliated to the Gujarat University three years ago,the number of students scoring 60 per cent and more was more than 80 per cent and it helped them in campus placements as well as in pursuing post-graduate studies.
So,most of the students have lost the chance for placement in a good company or admission in post-graduate courses due to GTU’s examination policies, Amit Patel,a final year student of LDCE said.
However,the GTU authorities denied their charges. GTU registrar G R Vadodaria said earlier the engineering and professional colleges were affiliated to different universities in the state. So,there were few colleges under a university and the examination papers were prepared by these colleges themselves and they asked questions only from the syllabuses the colleges had covered. The students of each universities were,therefore,able to score high marks and hence the number of students securing 60 per cent and above went very high.
But with GTU as the only university having prescribed a common syllabus for all the engineering colleges and preparing same question papers for all of them,Vadodaria said the students might be facing difficulty in case the colleges had not covered the entire syllabus prescribed by the university.
He said that this might be reason for the majority of the students scoring less than 60 per cent. So,it was for the colleges and their teachers to ensure that entire syllabus was covered and students were adequately prepared to face the examinations. GTU has adopted the teaching syllabus from various IITs with a view to upgrading technical education in the state.
Despite these problems,LDCE’s placement officer Kunal Bhoyania hopes that another 200 of students would get campus placements that is scheduled to continue till January 27 during which several big companies like Truevision,an automobile manufacturing group,BASF,Gujarat Heavy Chemicals Limited,Welspun,Godrej,Cairn India and Zews Software are coming to interview the students.
Last year,a total of 401 students had got campus placement from LDCE.