IIT Graduates Look For Jobs On Social Media; Know Why

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Mumbai: A mechanical engineer who graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) with a dual degree last year is on a lookout for a job on social media since August 2020.

Sumit (name changed) was lucky to land a job in the first week of the institute’s placement drive in December 2019 and was gearing up to join the company soon after his graduation. But to his utter surprise the offer was rescinded by the company that had hired him.

“I’ve applied for a number of positions since then but haven’t received any positive thing yet,” Sumit was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. Sumit is among a pool of graduates from various IITs now searching for jobs on social media sites.

Most IITs witnessed good round of placements for the students’ batch graduating in 2020. However, several recruiters withdrew their offers as their finances were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

“Since August 2020, I have sent a number of mails to placement in-charge and dean of student affairs seeking permission to sit for this year’s placement session, but there has been no positive response. So I have started looking for jobs by highlighting my strengths on social media and job portals,” Sumit was quoted.

Last year’s batch at IIT-Madras got a total of 1,050 offers, which included 126 pre-placement offers (PPOs). Among these, 28 were withdrawn, advisor (training and placement), IIT-Madras professor CS Shankar Ram said.

IIT-Madras has now allowed graduates, who lost their jobs or could not secure a placement offer in the previous round, to try their lucks for the ongoing placement season. The institute had also urged the recruiters to reinstate the offers.

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