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Campus Recruitment Not Such A Hit After All
Have corporates been able to connect right with campuses? The answer is, No. According to Mr Madan Padaki, Co-founder and Director, MeritTrac Services, a skills assessment firm, it has not been possible. "There has not been any attributable difference in terms of hit ratio in recruitment of engineers." When it comes to hiring fresh engineers, the conversion rate remains at 15-18 pct for services companies and 6-10 pct for product development companies, with some region-wise differences. In his opinion, the benefits of campus relationship programmes would be felt two years from now“, he said.

Mr Rishi Das, CEO, Campus Connect, agrees that not much has changed in terms of employability index of engineers. "The good thing is that companies are investing a lot more on training their engineers." Campus Connect is a Bangalore-based consulting group whose programmes attempt to bridge the gap between industry and academia. Like always, companies that are seeing a growth of 60-70 pect on the people side are betting big on campus recruits this year too. MindTree Consulting, which used to pick talent only from Tier I institutes all these years, has now decided to hire top performers from Tier II institutes to supplement the demand, according to Mr Mohan Sitharam, Associate Director, People Function, MindTree Consulting. Mr Srinivas Velidanda, Director, Recruitment, Perot Systems, however, has seen some change in the talent pool this year. Some of the students have come better equipped with soft skills such as communication and management skills. "Though our recruitment criteria has become stringent, our hiring ratio also remains at last year's figure (100:20), which means students are also becoming more employable this year," he points out.

Source: 27 May' 07 The Hindu Business Line New Delhi
Press Releases Continuum 2006
Industry-academia disconnect debated

Continuum 2006, the third annual all India industry-academia meet held in Bangalore, discussed the various disconnects existing between industry requirements and the training given in academia institutions. Suggestions were given on increased interactions with regard to research and teaching, and instituting scholarships. Mr CP Ravikumar of Texas Instruments said that even as those from the IT industry double as guest lectures in some institutes, the industry should not try and do the job of the academia.It will be disastrous if the industry drives the curriculum. The academia knows best he said. But at the same time, it is important to keep the academia-industry interaction going, especially in the area of research and projects, he said. One of the main challenges of the academia is to prepare students for the future, said Mr Kalyan K Banerjee, Senior vice president, Mindtree consulting. He stressed on the importance to build a learning capacity in students. Colleges should inculcate in students skills in communication and decision making, he said. Professor Sadagopan, director of IIIT Bangalore, remarked that what the industry looks for THE ECONOMIC TIMES Friday 30th June 2006
Search for talent pool to unspool Continuum 2006, which brings together top notch IT companies and premier T-Schools on a single platform will be held in Bangalore on June 28 and 29. The event takes place at a time when entry level salaries have gone off the roof, yet many companies faces the talent crunch. It is an attempt to churn out professionals as per the industry requirements with the academia and industry joining hands to create a self sustaining order in this direction.

Of the total number of engineering graduates being churned out every year, less than seven percent are employable in IT industry as majority of them have no exposure to the industry requirements says Mr. Rishi Das, Chief executive officer, Campus Connect. The third annual edition of an event of the Campus Connect will see the attendance of senior professors and faculty from all IITs BIT and major Engineering colleges and Technology and Human Resource Heads of IT companies.

NASSCOM MCKINSEY (May 2006) REPORT
  • IT/ BPO sector will create 1.6 million knowledge professional and give indirect employment to other 6.5 million by 2010.
  • India will face a shortage of 5 lakh knowledge workers by 2010.
  • India requires 10-12 integrated knowledge centres by 2010.
  • IT service sector requires 1,50,000 employees while BPO sector requires 3,50,000 trained personnel.
  • contribution to the global talent pool of knowledge workers is 28 percent.
  • Total demand for IT Professionals (more than 1.1 million) will exceed supply in 2007-08.
The academia will be represented by about 50 placement heads and professors which includes all 7 IITs, IISc, BITS Pilani and BITS Mesra, IT BHU, RVCE, PESIT, DCE, MNNIT (Allahabad), NSIT, NIE ( Mysore), PEC Chandigarh, TIET Patiala, COE Pune, and many RECs. The IT Industry representatives include CTO and Human Resource heads of companies such as Texas spike source, Adobe, SAP, Fidelity, Fair Issac, Instruments, Amazon, Tesco, Goldman Sachs, Juniper, Oracle, Network Appliances, Net Scaler, Yahoo, NetD, Sasken, Axtec, ITC Infotech, CGI, Flextronics, Honey well, Mindtree Consulting, Insilica, Broadcomm, Cadence and Sandisk among others. The event will also focus on training students and faculty members of Tier-II colleges and universities as well as students from Tier-II cities such as Lucknow, Guwahati and Bhubaneshwar, who are currently a neglected lot.


Bringing together IT firms, tech schools

is an event of campus-connect that will bring together top notch information technology companies and technology schools of the country on a single platform. It will be held in Bangalore on June 28 and 29. Faculty from over 50 engineering institutes, including all the seven IITs, NITs, BITS Pilani, IT BHU and Technology and Human resources heads of IT companies will hold discussions.It will lead to better inter corporate collaboration with the academia in the areas of campus talent benchmarking, finishing schools for students, faculty training programmes and large scale campus awareness initiative. Rishi Das, Co- founder and CEO, Campus-Connect, said here on Monday.
  • The programme is being organized by Campus-Connect, A division of Careernet Consulting.
  • Faculty from over 50 engineering institutes will participate.
  • It will lead to better Inter-corporate collaboration with the academia.
I attended last year. It provided a good platform for colleges and the industry to interact on topics of mutual interests Prof N.S. Narahari, Director of placement and Training, R.V College of engineering said. Campus-Connect is a division of CareerNet consulting, which is a consulting firm working in the field of Industry-academia interaction. It provides solutions to develop a strong presence for corporate houses in leading technology schools. The service includes university programmes, sponsored programmes, Campus branding, setting up of labs, instituting corporate scholarships, managing relationships, internships and recruitments.

Campus recruitment: Campus-Connect organize Siquest and PeP, which are standardized tests aimed at simplifying the campus recruitment process of the final year engineering students. These are objectives-type tests held in 80 colleges across the country to evaluate aptitude and technical skills in computer science and electronics. Candidates are short listed by the companies based on their score.
T-Schools-industry interface

Continnum 2006 is the third annual addition of an event of Campus-Connect which brings together the top notch IT companies and premier T-schools (technology) of the country on a single platform. It will take place in Bangalore on June 28 and 29. Senior professors and faculty from all the Indian institute of technology. Birla Institute of Technology and major engineering colleges and technology and human resource heads of IT companies will deliberate on topics of mutual interest during the event. The academia will be represented by about 50 placement heads and professors which includes all seven IITs, IISc, BITS Pilani, BITS Mesra, IT BHU, RVCE, PESIT, DCE, MNNIT (Allahabad), NSIT, NIE ( Mysore), PEC Chandigarh, TIET Patiala, COE Pune, and many RECs. The IT Industry representatives include CTO and Human Resource heads of companies such as Texas spike source, Adobe, SAP, Fidelity, Fair Issac, Instruments, Amazon, Tesco, Goldman Sachs, Juniper, Oracle, Network Appliances, Net Scaler, Yahoo, NetD, Sasken, Axtec, ITC Infotech, CGI, Flextronics, Honey well, Mindtree Consulting, Insilica, Broadcomm, Cadence and Sandisk among others.

In 2004-05, the engineering graduates increased to 464,743 of which 31 percent (roughly 144,070) were computer engineers. Of the total number of engineering graduates being churned out every year, less than seven percent are employable in the IT industry.

Specialists needed: What the industry requires is not programmers, but great solutions, specialists with domains skills, designers and analysts. India contributes a significant 28 percent to the total talent pool of knowledge workers globally, and a NASSCOM study points out that the sector will be besieged with the skill shortage of 5, 00,000 knowledge worker by 2010. India has established itself a leading destination as the leading destination for IT and BPO services, growing at an annual rate of over 25 percent, and is expected to generated export revenues to the tune of $60 billion by 2010. in this backdrop,will focus on emerging career trends, increasing campus talent crunch, compensations, campus Branding and regional Imbalances among other topics.

The event takes place at a time when entry-level salaries have gone off the roof and when many companies still face a talent crunch. Today, India is being talked about as the manufacturing hub for high end products and as a fab destination. Engineers have to unlearn all that they have learnt in their courses once they get into an IT company and learn how to do things the right way. It is time now for academia and industry to join hands and create an ecosystem that will be self-sustaining, charming out professionals as per industry requirements and ensure mutual long term benefits.
CONVENTION TO MEET TALENT CRUNCH

The top IT companies and premier T-schools of the country will come together here on June 28 and 29. Their agenda: Making an attempt to meet the talent crunch.an annual symposium will bring all these companies together, said Rishi Das, Co-founder and CEO, Campus connect. Speaking to reporters here on Monday, Das cited a recent Nasscom-McKinsey report which said the knowledge workers by 2010.The IT services sector will require 1.5 lakh employees and the BPO 3.5 lakh trained personnel by 2010He said the 2006 edition of the symposium will be significant following the McKinsey study. The report also indicates IT/BPO sector in the country will create 1.6 million jobs by 2010 besides providibg indirect employment to 6.5 million during the same-period.

The event will see the participation of senior professors and faculty members from over 50 major engineering institutes, including the seven IITs, NITs, BITS Pilani, IT BHU along with the technology and human resource heads of IT companies. -- VIJAY TIMES
CONTINUUM 2006 TALENT

Continuum 2006, an annual event of campus-connect that brings together the IT companies and, engineering and Technology colleges on a single platform, will be held in Bangalore on June 28-June 29. The focus this year is on emerging trends, increasing campus talent, compensations and campus brandingSenior professors and faculty from over 50 major engineering colleges, including the seven IITs, NITs, BITS-Pilani and Technology and Human Resources heads of IT companies will deliberate on mutual interests during the eveCampus-Connect CEO Rishi Das told a news conference on Monday. -- BUSINESS STANDAR
T-Schools, IT companies to brainstorm

Continuum 2006, to be held in Bangalore on June 28-29, will focus on emerging career trends, increasing campus talent crunch, compensations, campus branding and regional imbalances among others Tuesday, June 27, 2006

BANGALORE: the annual event of Campus-Connect that brings together the top notch IT companies and premier T-Schools of the country on a single platform, will take place in Bangalore on June 28 and 29.

Senior professors and faculty from over 50 major engineering institutes, including all 7 IITs, NITs, BITS Pilani, IT BHU and Technology and Human Resource heads of IT companies will deliberate on topics of mutual interests during the event.

In 2004-05, the number of engineering graduates increased to 464,743, of which 31 per cent (Roughly 144,070) were computer engineers. Of the total number of engineering graduates being churned out every year, less than seven per cent are employable in the IT Industry. India contributes a significant 28 per cent to the total talent pool of knowledge workers globally, and a NASSCOM study points that the sector will be besieged with a severe skill shortage of 500,000 knowledge workers by 2010.

India has established itself as the leading destination for IT and BPO services, growing at an annual rate of over 25 per cent, and is expected to generate export revenues to the tune of $60 billion by 2010.

In this backdrop, will focus on emerging career trends, increasing campus talent crunch, rising compensation levels and widening gap in quality of campus talent. It will have discussions on need for nationwide campus talent benchmarking, education quality improvement programs and increased corporate participation in the area of technical education and research.

Rishi Das, co-founder and CEO, Campus Connect, said,With the increasing campus talent crunch there is a lot of emphasis for broad-basing the available campus talent pool. This will lead to larger inter-corporate collaboration with academia in areas of campus talent benchmarking, finishing schools for students, faculty training programs and large-scale campus awareness initiatives.

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