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‘Selected’ on campus, techies yet to get jobs

A campus placement offer from a noted IT company would instill a sense of achievement and pride in any student; however, it was not so for these engineering graduates.

A group of around 25 graduates from engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, under the banner of Knowledge Professionals Forum, staged a hunger strike at Valluvar Kottam on Sunday demanding the fulfillment of the offer letters extended to them by the IT major. These graduates – among 6,000-odd engineering graduates across the nation – claimed that they were extended the placement offers in September 2011, when they were in their final year. In early 2012, they were provided some training material and a service agreement, indicating employment.

However, they soon received a jolt stating that they would have to clear what was known as a Front-runner Programme (FRP), a good performance in which would guarantee early induction to service.

Says Manimaran, a student of an engineering college from Erode, “We were told that we had to score a minimum of 60 per cent in the FRP test. We were also told the results would be out in a week, but it took a good one month.”

The protesters claimed that 1,200 among the 6,000-odd students made the cut. The remainder were asked to take another programme and perform well in it. Even worse, the ones selected were kept in the dark about the future course of action.

Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/article1535440.ece