Chandigarh: A job
fair at Panjab University starting Friday will, for a change,
provide a platform for students from arts and non-vocational
streams - besides those from more sought after courses - to
interact with prospective employers.
In times when the focus of leading companies and university
authorities remains on getting job placements for professional
courses like management, engineering and others, Panjab University
is all set to change the trend and has invited leading corporates
through the Mega Job Fair from March 4-6.
The varsity, one of the oldest universities in India which was set
up in 1882, will for the first time see all of its 75 teaching and
research departments conducting student placements under a common
"Students from management and engineering departments always get
good placements. But now we want students from other departments
like Hindi, Sanskrit and political science to get good jobs too,"
vice chancellor R.C. Sobti told IANS.
"With giants like IBM, WIPRO, ICICI, Toyota, Ranbaxy and Indigo
Airlines confirming participation in the job fair, we are
expecting good placements for our 10,000 outgoing students this
year," Panjab University placement coordinator Manu Sharma told
Nearly 50 leading companies are expected for the job fest.
Our student organisers from the University Institute of
Engineering and Technology (UIET) have made a web-portal to
monitor database of large number of students.
"Students from different departments have uploaded their resumes
on it. The companies have also uploaded their requirements, mode
of short-listing, and salaries offered on the same portal," Sharma
The UIET has also set up a help desk at the university's Students
Centre for taking queries from the students regarding registration
for the job fest.
"I could not find any suitable job placement for me during the
campus placements held in the department last month. I am looking
forward to get good opportunities for me at the job fair," Maneesh
Kumar Singh, an eighth semester student from UIET, told IANS.
Officials dealing with the job fest say that over 1,500 online
registrations have already been made and more are expected in the
But some in the university's student community say that more could
have been done to attract more students to the unique job fest.
"It is appreciable that the university has come up with this mega
job fair for all the departments but the organisers did not
publicise it properly," said Kunal Verma, a final year student
from department of economics.
"The student organisers could have pulled out promotional rallies
around the campus or should have sent letters to the chairpersons
of all departments."
"I got to know about the job fair preparations through a friend of
mine from UIET. He told me that a group of students in UIET had
volunteered for organising the job fest," Tejveer Kalra, a second
year student from University Business School (UBS), told IANS.
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