The ever-rising demand for professionals in software, mechanical and technological forums has become a pressing need in the industry. To foster to these needs of the ever-growing IT industry and the corporate world, St. Peters Engineering College, Hyderabad strives at preparing skilled individuals who prove to be beneficial for the corporate and society with the time tested.
To prove this right, with its establishment in 2011, St. Peters College had placements and recruitments going about from the very beginning. Back in the day, it had a small start with a mere handful of students getting placed, but as time went by placements increased drastically.
Rajesh Kumar, Placement and Training Officer, St. Peters Engineering College says, "There has been a steep rise in the placement graph of St. Peters Engineering College in the past three years since the institution's establishment. The student placement graph has risen from 20 to 74 percent with 2014 being the year with the highest package offered." Although most of the non-placed students often go abroad for higher studies, the placement rate has increased overtime.
Making Critical Affiliations
The MOUs of an institution with leading organizations establish the networking capabilities of the institution and its students alike. With the initiative of providing better workforce to the corporate world, campus recruitment at St. Peters started with the initiation of their MOUs in 2011-2012, with the commencement of IBM which had visited the campus for workshops. The students took up internships there and were gradually placed in the company. This collaboration has resulted in the institute developing a long term relationship with entities and this relationship has helped immensely in placements.
Internships often tend to reap fruit during placements. With regard to internships, Kumar says, "In 2014, we made MOUs with Microsoft, Oracle and IBM and they are now part of our campus recruitment. Our students mostly get internships there and learn by adapting to the corporate environment".
Pre-placements activities act as a preparation for placement and its sheer importance is emphasized at the institution. The training that is given at St. Peters Engineering College, pertaining to placements consists of both Corporate and In-House training. With regard to Corporate Training the institution specializes and stresses on corporate professional training. This usually happens by workshops, visiting lectures, internships and so on where students learn about things like aptitude skills, arithmetic, life skills and job-ready skills. In-house training is different to Corporate Training. It is what the faculty teach through their experience and research. They also provide with pre-placement training such as, verbal, soft-skills, computational skills, technical, mathematical, vocabulary, aptitude skills, arithmetic, life skills, job ready skills, online mock tests and so on. They also felicitate students who participate in workshops by giving certificates so as to motivate them for placements. This instills a driving force in them.
In order to break the overall monotony of having to learn the same syllabus from the same people, workshops also act as visiting lectures. Along with the training, these workshops are conducted to create awareness in students regarding exposure in terms of competition. For this, expert speakers are called from organizations like CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), NASCOM, and HR and technical leaders and such who talk about the competition in the corporate world. This enables students to get a gist of what would it be like in the outer world. With the idea to make the corporate world a more familiar place to the students, the working (placed) alumni of St. Peters Engineering College step in and speak regarding the same. This interaction makes it easy for giving the right exposure through the right perspective.
St. Peters Engineering College is well-known for their Placement Committee as it includes 15 alumni students of past 2 years who are picked from each and every branch of job placements. They provide a talent test to the candidates/students who get recruited. The alumni distinguish the students\' talent for the type of field it suits best.
The institution does not only train individuals toward better placements but also in entrepreneurship where one could start something of their own. "We have also developed an EDC cell for guidance on Entrepreneurship. This is with the help of CII, NASCOM and Small Scale Industries. We often conduct workshops and lectures here for students to develop entrepreneurial abilities."
With the right kind of exposure, training, staff, infrastructure, pedagogy, curriculum and placements; St. Peters Engineering College is an independent and standalone institution. It is committed to train students and focus on their industry exposure. Its motto, to adapt and acquire changes according to the industry, holds strong. The placement ratio of all three years compared, shows that this institution has coped up with these changes and has improved by leaps and bounds and is poised to surpass itself in the coming years.
He is the Training and Placement Officer (TPO) at St. Peters Engineering College. With years of experience in the education field, this MCA and M.Tech graduate has played vital role in changing the placement scenario of St. Peters.