The Fine Print Issue Three, April 2015

Page 6: Tête-à-tête: The Outgoing Page 4: Survey Gauging the Opinion of the Student Body About Our Fests Page 3: The Year-end Review of the SU President and General Secretary Director Recollects His Life in Pilani THE FINE PRINT PRESS CLUB PRESENTS SEMESTER II ISSUE III PILANI APRIL 2015 CTC (in lacs) ENGLISH & & With the end of the year in sight, it is high time to review the placement figures for the semester, hoping to gain the incentive to muddle through the gruelling last weeks. The percentage of students placed so far is about 91, an increase from last year’s 90.5%, with 397 students placed out of a pool of 437. The Placement Unit’s coordinator, Shobhit Mohanty, is expecting the number to go up as more than a couple of companies are still due to visit the campus. Other on-campus initiatives, such as video conferencing, have also been put in place to connect with companies unable to make it to Pilani. The average package offered was about 10.25 lakhs with the highest, 25.5 lakhs accredited to students in CS, Instrumentation and IS. The winter window was a success with a total of 14 companies arriving during the month of December. While the number is slightly lower than last year, these companies had better profiles. Some big names, such as Texas Instruments and Tata Steel, usually associated with the first semester, made their presence known. Others, which had dropped out of the race during the last two years, were also present. The Placement Unit is hard at work ensuring that students get placed in a company of their choice and foresee only an upward trend. & & According to Shobhit, students should choose their PS wisely, ensuring that they don’t miss out on a company of their choice solely because of the semester they decide to stay on for. Aspirants aiming for core jobs should be in touch with their technical courses. Companies associated with these look for projects and internships students are involved with. For those who feel the non-core sector, especially consulting, is their calling, online courses in relevant fields would give a boost to their preparations which should also incorporate developing soft skills and a strong grasp of current affairs. As always, the significance of CGPA cannot be neglected. Most companies have a minimum cutoff for eligibility to sit for interview and those who boast of higher CGPAs do possess a certain advantage. I The companies that arrived on campus this year showed a gradual change in trend with one out of every five having a non-core affiliation. The company profiles varied across consulting, marketing, teaching and financial sectors. This is a direct consequence of students preferring consulting firms due to more lucrative opportunities and lack of confidence in the technical sector. Influence of seniors who have switched to non-core positions after taking up technical jobs also plays a key role in motivating aspirants to start early preparations to enter the same. All the same, for those interested in the core sector, sufficient opportunities were made available.