Google to skip IIT placements this year; to go Off-Campus route

For the first time in a decade, Google will skip the IIT on-campus placement at most IITs – top engineering colleges in India. Instead, Google is expected to follow the off-campus route for recruitment of talented students from premier technology schools across India

Breaking away from the tradition, Google – the Internet search giant has decided to skip the campus placements at IITs this year. The move comes at a time when students at top engineering colleges in India are preparing for the campus recruitments in a few weeks. As per the latest update, Google will only attend placement drives at IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi while skipping the rest.

The news has made many students from IITs in Kharagpur, Kanpur, Chennai, Guwahati and elsewhere very anxious considering that Google is one of the biggest and most lucrative paymasters when it comes to engineering students in India.

However, justifying the step, Google clarified that although the company plans to skip the on-campus placement drive; they will not abstain from hiring quality talent from these schools; instead recruitment for them will be done through the off-campus route. The Internet giant is confident that their brand value as one of the most valued technology firms across the globe will be enough to attract engineering talents from India’s top engineering colleges for direct recruitment. However, they will participate in the on-campus placement at IIT-D and IIT-B due to their placement policy.

Off-campus recruitments are not encouraged by IITs, as it disrupts the placement process for all the other students and companies. Off-campus route often leads to confusion and chaos among the students with regards to choosing job offers made during the placement drive. However, despite reluctance from the IITs, Google has already begun approaching students directly to make job offers prior to the beginning of engineering placement season.

Google is always at the top of the bucket list of students when it comes to placement season at IITs. Lucrative packages amounting upwards of Rs 1-2 crore, as well as international postings, make working with the Internet giant a dream job for engineering graduates. In 2015, Google hired 20 candidates from the five older IITs (Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur and Madras.

Going by the previous record, Google is not the first to skip campus placements at IITs. Last year, management consultancy giant McKinsey also choose the off-campus route for recruitment of engineering graduates from IITs.

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