Q) Why the 5th of December?
A) In a meeting of the Training and Placement heads of all the IITs, it was decided that the placements should begin in December even this year. To avoid any discomfort to the companies coming over for recruitment (since most companies can’t visit all the campuses simultaneously), it was planned to start placements at different times in all the institutes. We chose 5th December to get the early-mover advantage.
Q) Any breaks for the Inter IIT Sports meet?
A) We obviously don’t want to lose the advantage we’ve gained by being the first off the blocks by putting in such a break. Anyways, there are almost 1200 students who will be hoping to get a job and in the greater good of a larger number, there shall be no such break.
Q) But don’t the Geology /Geophysics final years have a field trip around the time placements will start? Also, what about the trip to IIT Kanpur which the final year Aerospace students make around the same time?
A) No official notice of this kind has been received from any of the departments. They will probably have to shift their trips/field trips in that case.
Q) Are any new companies vising the campus for placements this year? What about companies which don’t have an Indian office, in the light of recent developments about the oath on Independence Day?
A) We are in touch with a lot of companies. Some companies have shown interest in visiting KGP for campus recruitments. A lot remains to be done before a list can be released. As for foreign placements, it all depends on what offers we get. If a very lucrative offer turns up we will have to take the Director’s permission before taking any decision.