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Campus drives: boon to students, bane for HR agencies

Written by: Staff

Chennai, July 5 (UNI) Will the large scale campus recruitment drive initiated by major IT and ITes companies like Infosys, Wipro and TCS affect the business of recruitment firms with inhouse training facilities.

Recruitment of about 575 students from colleges affliated to Anna University by the IT major Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) here has opened new vistas in the employment scenario.

On this CTS sources say, ''The company is on with campus recruitment for the last few years. About 70 per cent of manpower needs is met by these recruitment drives. The intake will increase much higher in the future.'' Most of the IT and ITes companies are now picking the cream of talent straight off the campuses by conducting recruitment drives, not only in the metros but in Tier II cities across Tamil Nadu.

Earlier, the companies would give the job of finding freshers and even training them to the HR agencies, since the latter had the required expertise in the field.

But with the changed picture, students now believe the pain for searching a job has become much easier.

''The campus recruitment drive undertaken by the companies has become a relief for us. The worry of getting a job after finishing studies has become less as compared to earlier times,'' said Rakesh and Subin of Noorul Islam College of Engineering, Kanyakumari.

After being selected by HCL through campus recruitment, they opined that the only thing for students to concentrate on is to get mentally and academically prepared to attend the campus interviews.

On the other hand, HR agencies decline to agree with this.

One of the bigwigs, Ma Foi Management Consultants Ltd Managing Director K Pandia Rajan said at this point it was not easy to assess the impact the recruitment drive of companies would have on their business.

Avtar Career Creators Chief Executive Saundarya Rajesh maintained that the campus recruitment drive by IT and ITes majors had little impact on their business as recruiting firms provided employees in the middle and upper management level to companies. ''Of the 100 per cent talent needed in a company, 15 per cent takes place through internal sourcing, 10 per cent from the company's own resume data base, 15 to 20 per cent from job portals.

The remaining 55 to 60 per cent is left open for the recruiting firms to pitch in,'' she affirmed.

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