Interview with Anuj Shah, Placement Manager (B.Tech.)

As a part of our coverage on Placements this year, InsIghT spoke to Anuj Shah, Placement Manager (Btech). You can also find expansive coverage on ‘What your alumni think about your jobs’ and ‘Loopholes in the Placement/Internship System’ in our last print issue of the semester that will reach your doorsteps this week.

Anuj Shah, PM (B.Tech.)

InsIghT: On what basis are companies categorized into C1,C2,C3 and C4? What are the parameters taken into account?

Anuj: Please refer to placement policy for students -> section 3 – Categorization of organizations. It is clearly explained there.

InsIghT: A common grouse which many students/alumni have against the placement process is the misleading information on the pay package. The placement policy for recruiting company asks for the “gross salary per annum” without asking for the other components.

a) Why do you not keep a strict uniform policy binding on all companies to mention only the CTC in the JAF form?

Anuj: CTC can be much more misleading than Gross as it may contain components that a student may not get ‘in hand’ (is not a taxable component).

b) InsIghT: How strictly is this policy enforced on the companies by placement team members?

Anuj: The verification of salary is done by the Executive Officer – Ms Rashmi Menon and not by placement team members.

In my tenure, placement team in collaboration with the Career Cell also had many sector oriented talks that were aimed to educate students about working in diverse sectors/career paths.

InsIghT: Students/alumni have complained that they have poor information sources to make a sound judgment during the placement process. PPTs are often uni-dimensional company propaganda which fails to deliver the true story on the actual job.

Are steps being taken to solve this particular issue in the coming years? If yes, then how?

Anuj: Primarily it is the job of the student to attain understanding of the different career paths and the placement office is responsible for providing job opportunities in a systematic manner. However, there has always been a provision made for having alumni come to the institute for giving “Buddy Talks” which are essentially talks about the sector, company and kind of job they are pursuing (have pursued) and what are their pros and cons. We have also allocated incentive points for attending these sessions so as to promote students to attend these buddy talks. These are conducted by the DPCs. Also, in my tenure, placement team in collaboration with the Career Cell also had many sector oriented talks that were aimed to educate students about working in diverse sectors/career paths. Hence sufficient effort is being put in there.

InsIghT: Are orientation sessions held for placement students? What is the purpose of these sessions?

Anuj: Yes, there is an orientation session for all the pre-final year students in every department and program done in February-March. The aim is to acquaint all the pre final year students with the placement process and its timelines.

InsIghT: You might be aware of the frustration among people who are not placed till day 4/5. This clearly leads to poor
decision during the placement process.

a) What according to you is the cause of this problem?

Anuj: To a large extent, it is the restlessness of seeing your batch-mates and friends getting placed while you still being in the process.

InsIghT: b) Is it an inevitable outcome of the placement process?

Anuj: If the placements happen pan-IIT in this fashion, I think the anxiety aspect amongst students is pretty much inevitable and common throughout all IITs. The most we can do as placement cell is give them a list of companies before December 1 that MIGHT be visiting the campus so they know that even day 4/5 there are ample opportunities left; However, this will also will be TENTATIVE as we do not get all confirmations and there are bound to be last minute changes in schedules of companies.

InsIghT: c) Is any solution being worked out to solve this issue?

Anuj: None as of now.