Following the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s late Monday evening, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras Tuesday suspended the ongoing campus placements. The training and placements cell advisor at IIT Madras, Manu Santhanam, said the placements will resume on December 8.
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Last year, too, the institute had suspended placements owing to Chennai floods. It was later held on January 6-16, 2016. “Ever since the news of Jayalalithaa suffering a cardiac arrest broke, firms were apprehensive to travel to the campus. There was confusion and they were calling us to find whether travelling to the campus is safe or not,” Santhanam said.
While some Public Sector Undertakings have already made job offers in pre-placements, IIT Madras expects Coal India, ONGC, HPCL, Midhani (Miniratna) and BEL to visit the campus.
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Soon after the former chief minister’s death, the Tamil Nadu government declared three-day holiday for all educational institutions. IIT Madras has also cancelled classes for the next three days.