Zaid Ahmed and Zakariya khan
Aurangabad: Only 10% of all students who participated at a recent campus placement drive at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU), Aurangabad got jobs.
According to an official from the varsity’s Training and Placement Cell (TPC), 2,165 aspirants registered at the ‘Mega Job Fair’, held on the campus in August, but only 212 recieved job offers, most of them between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000 per month. The poor placement was a result of economic slowdown and lack of communication and other skills among students, said experts.
Girish Kale, director, TPC, said that while the 36 companies which participated in the placement drive, intended to fill 1,500 vacancies, they selected much fewer candidates. “It’s possible that the companies didn’t find suitable qualities in the candidates. They may not have proper communication skills [required in the interview process],” he said.
Kale, however, added that around 710 more students were considered for jobs, but they are yet to receive an offer. These students will likely get another opportunity in the next job offer to be held six months later, he said.
BAMU organises such placement events every year to provide employment opportunities to students in the region. In the recent event, as many as 36 companies participated, including HDFC, L&T Finance, Mphasis and Axis Bank.
The experts blamed the current economic situation of the country is the main reason for poor placement. “The crisis has affected all the sectors, as they are suffering from big losses,” Mazhar Farooqi, Principal, Azad College, Aurangabad.
However, Anand Pole, general secretary, Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA), Aurangabad, said that while the slowdown may have hit the hiring process, its impact is limited to the automobile sector. “Other sectors are not that affected,” he said.
Pole said that the education system needs to incorporate practical elements in order to make students more employable. “The present education system is mostly theory-based with practical knowledge or on-job training being provided to students, as the industry needs good quality people, not mere graduates. We need a revolution in this system to make students more employable and innovative,” he said.
The experts also said that students need to become entrepreneurs. “Students shouldn’t just look for jobs. Instead, they should try to establish their own businesses and work hard for it. In the next few years, they will see that will not only be financially stable but also be able to provide employment to others,” said Farooqi.