Technology and e-commerce players have taken the lead over companies in core industries during the campus placements at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS)-Pilani. And Google has offered an annual package of Rs 1.40 crore to students selected this year, sources said. The institute hopes to break its last year record of Rs 1.44 crore, offered to one of its students by Facebook.
A 21-year old BITS Pilani, Goa campus student, Krunal Kishorbhai Patel, has landed a Rs 1.4-crore starting annual salary offer from Google for a position at the internet giant’s headquarters at Mountain View, California. The campus placement will see him join the company as a software engineer in October 2015.
Hailing from Rajkot, Gujarat, Patel finished his schooling from Atmiya. “I was not quite bothered about placements till my third year at BITS. I had no clue as to what companies are looking out for. But, I made sure I kept my grades high and focused on learning as many things as I could to update my knowledge about computer science and mathematence and mathematics,” says Patel. He scored well in both the courses at the college with a CGPA (cumulative grade point average value) of 9.4, and cleared GATE 2014 with an all-India rank of 10 in computer science.
With companies such as Linkedln, Microsoft, Flipkart, Schlumberger, Goldman Sachs and Amazon also visiting the campus, students eye big offers. All these companies have increased their compensation offer by 5-25%, indicating a better job scenario.
The BITS placement session for 2014 started off with Google, which conducted its first round (written) on August 18 at the Pilani campus. The company’s HR team is slated to visit India in the first week of September.
“A good number of students sat for the first round. We hope that a few of our students will make to the final selection,” said G Balasubramanium, chief placement officer at BITS-Pilani.
This year, 2,300 BITS students are eligible for campus placements — 53 were placed in two days, with the highest domestic package of Rs 23.5 lakh. Microsoft and Schlumberger have also shortlisted students. Both have offered more than Rs 70-lakh annual package to BITS students.
Overall, BITS has placed 150 students at its three centres — Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad. In Goa and Hyderabad, the placement session started on August 13. Facebook, which visited BITS for three consecutive years till last year and offered the highest package in 2013, is not scheduled to visit the campus this year.
The placement officer admitted that attracting these big companies wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the alumni who have a wide network among companies. The institute is confident that by the end of April 2015, 100% students will get placements.
Balasubramanium said among those who opted out of placement sessions, 10 have already started their companies, mostly in IT and communication.
A few students have shown interest in public sector undertakings (PSUs) due to revised pay grades.
This article has been adapted from The Economic Times.
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