After last years slump,the placement season for students of College of Engineering Pune this time looks bright. In the three months since the placement season began,64 per cent of the students have got placements. The college is in the last stages of talks with bigwigs like Facebook,LinkedIn and Adobe.
We mostly have more than half our placements done by December,but last year,it was not good. We continued 2012-13 batchs placements till almost September whereas generally we end by March. After last years low point in placements,we realised that something needs to be done. This year we sat together along with the board of governors and decided to change some policies to increase the employability of our students and it worked, said Sandip Meshram,Professor & Training and Placement Head. Seventy-two companies have visited,including Morgan Stanely,Yahoo,DMW along with companies like Wipro,Infosys and Accenture.
The highest package has been offered to Vrishali Jadhav from IT department who has been offered Rs 30 lakh a year. The average package offered is Rs 3.5 lakh by bulk placement companies and Rs 5.5 lakh by big companies, said Meshram.
Vrishali hails from a middle-class family from Kolhapur. My father passed away when I was in Class 10. At that time,my elder brother and I were studying. Fathers passing away put a lot of strain on our financial condition and my mother who was a homemaker had to work in a mall. Since ours is a joint family,my uncle helped us a lot, said Vrishali. All I wanted to do since then was to go to a good college and then get placed. But I never thought the package will be so good.
Of the 19 students who gave the interview,only Vrishali was selected by Rakuten,Inc.
There were three technical rounds. But I think what made a difference was that before personal interview,I learnt basics of Japanese culture and language and I made use of this knowledge during the last round. They were pleased and I think,that made all the difference, Vrishali said. The company that offered highest placement last year was Ebara Corporation,which offered Rs 37 lakh. The company is yet to come, said Meshram.