An undergraduate student from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi after failing to find a job during this year’s placement season reached out to many recruiters on LinkedIn in his pursuit of employment. The result was the same. Speaking to TOI, the undergraduate student highlighted the pressure felt by many students, describing the 2024 placement season as “lacklustre”. “We are feeling ourselves under undue pressure,” he said. He had reaching out to over 50 recruiters on LinkedIn.

At IIT Delhi, the placement process unfolds in three stages: the initial two phases take place in December and February, followed by the final phase in May. Numerous students who failed to secure placements have resorted to alternative avenues such as seeking opportunities on LinkedIn, reaching out to fellow batchmates and seniors for recommendations, or considering further qualifications and preparing for exams like the CAT to pursue advanced degrees.

Dheeraj Singh, an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and the founder of the Global IIT Alumni Support Group, however emphasized the immense difficulty of off-campus placements and expressed concern over the dissatisfaction among on-campus placed students regarding the offered salary packages, describing the situation as “appalling”.

Anticipating a difficult year for placements, many students had prepared well for the placement process, which spans around 15 days but still could not find employment.

An undergraduate IIT Delhi student, speaking to TOI, said that companies were more stringent during this year’s placement season, seeking fewer candidates with specialized expertise.

An IIT-Delhi official told TOI that the institute carries out various initiatives during the hiring process, including alumni interactions, career fairs, and networking opportunities with industry leaders. A student said that they were informed that tech companies would come in fewer numbers due to fears of recession. “If they don’t come, what can we do?” said a student.This sentiment was echoed by an MTech student who attributed reduced recruitment to overhiring during the pandemic. Even IIT-Delhi officials had anticipated it to be a difficult year for placements. In December the institute had announced the results of the phase 1 of the placement season for the academic year 2023–24. During the initial phase of the placement season for the academic year 2023-24 at IIT Delhi, students secured approximately 1050 job offers, including pre-placement offers (PPOs). About 1000 students were chosen for these offers. Furthermore, over 50 international offers, including PPOs, were extended to students from over 20 international organizations across various regions such as Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Among the prominent recruiters during this phase were Air India, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Goldman Sachs, Bajaj Auto, and Ola Electric. (With TOI inputs)


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