03 September 2012
In India, Engineering has come up as the most favoured and most opted for course in the country. With more and more students opting for this course and proportionately also increasing the number of vacant seats. A new glitch or snag in terms of engineers which has hit the engineering colleges now is the lack of recruiters. Although, it was evident after the recession that the number of recruiters is not much on the increasing factor, but the only lifeline which the engineering colleges had is also in troubled waters.
Major IT companies which were the bulk recruiters to most of the engineering colleges and universities across the nation are showing no interest as such in going on for placement season which starts September for most of the colleges. Usually major companies such as those of Infosys, TCS, Wipro etc. confirm the recruitment process by July, this year the colleges are yet to hear about the placements seasons from the companies. The extent of uncertainty over the placements is also evident from the uncertainty over whether the Nasscom Assessment of Competence Technology( an industry standard assessment and certificate programme developed by Major IT Cos) will be applicable to the students this year.
According to the Nasscom(an industry body for the IT companies), a student in order to be eligible to get a job in the IT field has to go through the Nasscom Assessment of Competence Technology(NAC-Tech). With the help of the NAC-Tech, each year the list of eligible students who are ready to undergo the transformation from ‘Trainable’ workforce to ‘Employable’ workforce are differentiated out from others. This assessment and certification programme is considered to be a basic requirement for those seeking job in the IT sector. The model of the assessment is developed by the likes of TCS, Wipro, Infosys, Accenture, Cognizant and HCL. However, the sword hangs above the fact that whether or not this will be applicable from this year.
According to a mandate by the Industry body Nasscom, the IT companies cannot begin their recruitment process before September. Officials from the top companies have to say that they would abide by the guidelines of the industry body and start hiring only from September subject to the business needs which they would nurture. While companies claim to be clear about the issues relating to the placements, the institutes are in a fix as the major number of students from almost over the country get placed in the IT firms. The Institutes now are looking at a possibility of a low percentage of placement over the uncertainty of the IT Cos.
With silence from the IT firms till even August regarding the placement season starting from August, what students look at is a dull season with the absence of major IT firms over the nation. The IT firms have since long played host to a large number of engineers and have given jobs to a large population of technical graduate.