Campus placements at UoP move at ‘snail’s pace’

Acting VC: Need to improve students’ employability,get more companies.

Written by Samarpita Banerjee | Pune | Published: January 23, 2012 4:01:28 am

With the academic year drawing to a close, are gaining momentum in most of the educational institutes in the city. In contrast,this does not seem to be the case at the University of Pune (UoP).

In fact,UoP has hardly seen any new companies for placements this academic year. Also,the university which organises placement camps for firms to employ its students,still does not have a full-fledged placement cell.

The university has 612 affiliated colleges across three centers — Pune,Ahmednagar and Nashik. Many colleges have individual placement cells as per the guidelines set by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Though the officials at UoP have been talking about a separate cell at the campus in the city,nothing seems to have been done yet — a fact which officials concede.

The UoP started organising placement camps in 2008. The first year saw only one student from Ahmednagar being placed. This academic year,from June to December,371 students have been placed. While companies like Wipro and TCS will be visiting the campus,no new company has shown interest.

Asked if the university was taking steps to attract more companies,Deepak Mane,director,Students’ Welfare Department that deals with placements,said,“Departments like management sciences (PUMBA) have their own placement cells. We have over 600 affiliated colleges,many of which also have their own placement cells. Managing placements for every student will be a huge task. Therefore,we try to find out the students’ requirements and approach companies accordingly.”

Acting vice-chancellor Sanjay Chahande said there was a need to improve students’ employability and getting more companies to show interest in them. Agreeing to the need for a placement cell,he said,“Today,employability of students is a critical factor. Not only is there a need for a proactive cell,but also for a change in courses to enhance their employability. A placement cell is essential as it will help the university become a one-point contact for companies.”

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