In a public appeal, MHRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal (Nishank) has requested all the campus recruiters to not take away job offers that have been made to the students. The Minister made the appeal on Monday, following the appeal made by Director of IIT Delhi, Mr. V. Ramgopal Rao.
Social media appeal made by Mr. V.Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, over his Facebook and twitter handle, meticulously pointed out why the companies should not withdraw their offers due to coronavirus pandemic. He highlighted that IITs follow one candidates one offer process, due to which each candidates only received one placement offer. Withdrawing the offer now, will be unfair.
He also added, that these are bright and talented students are the hope for the companies to get out of recession faster than one can imagine.
In the beginning of the month, through a video conference Ramesh Pokhriyal told the directors of 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to ensure that due to corona virus pandemic, the placements of the students should not be affected. Nishank asked the IITs to set up task force cell for the placements. The purpose of the cell is to ensure that placements session is carried out smoothly and academic calendar is prepared in time.
However, soon the reports of leading US – based consultancies taking back it’s job offers from the students across IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras, IIM-Ahmedabad, IIM-Bangalore, and IIM-Calcutta made headlines.
After this incident, the possibilities of more such cases arose. Not only IITs, even IIMs are also predicting possibility of cancellation of placement offers. Hence without further delay, appeals have been made by MHRD and all IITs’ Placement Committee (AIPC) to all the recruiters. In this line, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur have decided to hold the special drives in July-August.
Most of the top IITs like Delhi, Kharagpur, Roorkee, and Bombay witnessed amazing placement start this year. Salary up to 30 lakhs and more were offered from major giants like Google, JP Morgan, Graviton, Squarepoint Capital, Wells Fargo, SAP Labs, Qualcomm, Goldman Sachs, Dream11 and Directi.
However, the unexpected eruption of the pandemic affected the entire globe. As per the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, mohfw.gov.in, on April 7, 2020, there are more than 3900 COVID-19 active cases in India and with more than 100 casualties. The nationwide lockdown until April 14, 2020, has restricted all sectors thus, a blow on the economy of the nation is expected. However, keeping the health of the citizens a priority, at this moment forces are working towards eradicating the pandemic.