Special placement drive has been announced Ministry of Human Resource Development by the for IIT students whose job offers got cancelled due to COVID-19 and its subsequent lockdown.
Ramesh Pokhriyal, HRD Minister has tweeted that he has asked all IIT directors to re-organise special placement drives for the students affected by revoked job offers. He also added that the students selected and offered jobs during the placement drive are among the country’s brightest minds and can help recruiters in times of crisis. He has also appealed to all campus recruiters not to withdraw jobs offers granted to graduating students of technical education institutions.
Many students were rendered jobless when their offers were withdrawn due to COVID-19 pandemic. IITs usually conducts the placement drive in the month of December. According to the equal opportunity principle, strictly followed by the management which emphasises on “One Candidate One Job”, students don’t have more options and are dependent on the company to honour them.
AIPC ( All IITs’ Placement Committee) had also requested all the companies that visited for campus recruitment, not to take back placement offers made for the academic year 2019-20.
V Ramgopal Rao, IIT Delhi Director had also made a public appeal to all recruiters, last week. Rao argued that revoking an offer would mean students will end up not having any job at this point of time. He further added that though these are tough times companies need to be considerate to stand by their promises. He also requested the companies not to make life harder for the students of IIT, who are already tackling a complex environment.
Consequent upon the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest problems that have risen, is unemployment with fresh graduates facing the maximum impact.