The placements in the Dr S S Bhatnagar Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology,erstwhile known as UICET,of the Panjab University has witnessed a downward trend.
Last year as many as 71 students managed to jobs in top notch companies while this sessionhas seen the placement of just 44 students so far.
Even the highest salary package saw a dip. The highest package of 2011-12 batch was Rs 9.5 lakh per annum,but this time some of the students managed a package of Rs 8 lakh per year,which is the highest.
Considering the placement drive of BE Chemical students,last year,out of 72 eligible candidates,59 got placed and 13 students had a double offer. However,this year out of eligible 71 students just 36 got jobs via the department. The course of BE Chemical consists of 82 seats.
Similarly,in case of BE Food Technology course out of 13 eligible students 12 students cleared the placements while this year out of 17 eligible students just six students managed jobs. The BE Food Technology course has 25 seats.
The companies that visited the department included Nestle,Kelloggs Brown Roots,GS Construction,Reliance Industries Ltd,United Spirits Ltd,Jindal Steel and Works,Evapotech,Technip KT India,Dalkia Energy,Simon India,United Oil Products,Bechtel,Smartcube,Infosys,Trident,Cadbury,HPCL Mittal Energy Limited and ZS Associates.
The highest package was offered by United Oil Products.
However,the condition of placements in BE Chemical with MBA is dismal. Though the course was started in 2008,this year out of 29 only one student got placed.
Low growth rate and rescission are hitting the placements. Moreover,sometimes the companies that visit the department every year do not want students from the same department. So they recruit students from different institutes. The department is doing its best to call as many companies as it can and we wish for the placements of all the students, said departments placement officer S K Aggarwal while talking to Chandigarh Newsline.