2020 Day 1 Placement Report

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Despite Pandemic, IIT Kharagpur secured a significant number of placement offers for the 2020 season

At this ongoing pandemic situation, IIT Kharagpur bagged 276 Pre-Placement Offers (PPOs) out of 425 eight-week internship opportunities through online mode. Companies like Barclay, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Microsoft, MasterCard, Dr. Reddy, Tata Steel have offered more than 10 PPOs each. Around thirty companies participated in Day 1 and more than 130 placement offers were received for the final year students. TSMC, Sony-Japan and Cohesity US made international hiring offers.

“Key components of this success are excellent technical skills of the students, the flexible online internship plan and long-lasting relation with the company partners. This is the highest number among all other top academic institutes in India at the top MNCs in spite of the current economic condition” said Prof. A Rajakumar, Chairperson – Career Development Centre, IIT Kharagpur.

Other factors that contribute to the high demand of the students are wide choices in course curriculum available through flexible and strong academic programs, dedicated and experienced faculty strength of IIT Kharagpur.

“The above facts and figures indicate and convey that we can expect a decent placement session for KGP students in the face of this pandemic situation, remarked Prof. Rajakumar.

For the 2020-21 placement drive, 2100 plus students have registered out of which 1300 are UG/dual degree students. In spite of the economic constraints, companies are showing tremendous faith in us. More than 200 companies are registered to participate in the first phase of the recruitment drive starting from today. For initial days, 25%-27% core companies, 65% software and 10% consulting firms opened up prospects for the IIT Kharagpur students. This is a unique admixture of opportunities for the students to explore their dream careers.

Excellent performance in an internship by the students and subsequent high turnover of PPOs might have generated overwhelming interest of the companies to participate in full-time hiring.

“It is an encouraging sign for us that companies recognize our student’s hard work, academics stuff, talent and motivation during the internship and we are delighted that once again the top companies of the country have reposed their belief in our students,” added Prof. Rajakumar.

By Poulami Mondal

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