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   C-DAC campus placement sees return of six-figure salaries  
  Dated January 31, 2004
The Indian Express: Pune Newsline
  • More than 60 per cent of 205 students already placed
  • 100 per cent placement expected
  • Top IT companies making a beeline to recruit

The feel-good factor is making its presence felt in the IT industry as well. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)'s campus placement for this year has seen the return of six-figure salaries. What's more, companies are making a beeline to recruit students and 100 per cent placement this year is a certainty.

Friday, the fourth day of the Common Campus Placement Program (CCPP)-a joint recruitment program for students from various centres of C-DAC's flagship six-month post-graduate course- saw as many as 125 students ready themselves for the grilling placement tests and interviews at Hotel Shreyas. Students from Mumbai, Akurdi, Noida, Nagpur have gathered in Pune for the placement program and as many as 42 companies are scheduled to visit C-DAC placements 2004. These include biggies like Tata Consultancy Services and Seimens among others.

With more than 60 per cent of the 205 students already placed, the mood is jubilant. Says Shri. Prashant Gulalkari, Group Coordinator of the Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS): ''we faced our worst slump in 2001 when the whole market was down. Only 65 per cent students had got placed from all our centres. But the trend now is very positive. This is the first time we are handling so many students from various centres here in Pune, so both companies as well as students will benefit.''

The aim of the program is to provide a one-stop pool of software talent for IT companies. Three companies have been scheduled for each day and so far 75 students have been picked up. The coordinators feel all students will be placed before February 11, the last day of the program.

A candidate, who got placed with Cybage Software Pvt. Ltd. on day one, says, ''A lot of high-profile companies are showing interest in C-DAC. The average salary offered is around Rs. 1.8 lakh per annum, while the highest pay package is from Siemens Information Systems Ltd. at Rs. 2.4 lakh.''

Explains Shri. Rushikesh Rajendra, Group Coordinator, ACTS, ''At C-DAC our litmus test is to get accepted by the industry and our students have fit in very well. Some companies now swear by our passouts. We have about 60 per cent engineering students and 20 per cent M.C.A. and M.Sc. graduates. It's a rigorous course that trains students to withstand the pressures of this industry.''

By: Ketaki Ghoge

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