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Best colleges for PLACEMENTS IN India 2018

Survive and Win it! Survival of the Fittest!

Here’s How to Crack Job Interview Like a Pro

Exploring opportunities in Forensic Sciences


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The anatomy of campus placements Campus Placements offer students a wonderful opportunity to get placed during the course of their academic pursuit, providing them the comforts of a safe and secure future. It also enables organisations to scoop up the best and brightest students straight from campus, which is a surefire way to build entry-level talent pipelines. For 2018 graduates, the question to options for fresher jobs is dependent on how well and seriously they work. Features

l Letters to the Editor.......................................08

l Survive and Win it! Survival of the Fittest! .....................................................................14 l Here’s How to Crack Job Interview Like a Pro ..............................................................34 l Best Offbeat courses ......................................................................................................40 l Exploring opportunities in Forensic Sciences ...............................................................48

Accessible to All

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interviews l Dr B.Sadashive Gowda, Principal, l Santosh Kumar Choubey, Founder, AISECT

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Group of Universities....................................56 l Dr K. Raghu Naga Prabhakar, Director,

Aurora Business School ..............................58

GUEST COLUMN l Diverse shades of 4th Global Exhibition on Services

l Events.............................................................64

Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering.....54

REPORT l Once Available to a Few Privileged Students, Adaptive Learning is Now

l News...............................................................10

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l Shri Chocko Valliappa, Vice Chairman - Sona

Group of Institutions......................................60


Letters to the Editor Discover the science of genetic modification! I wanted to pursue genetic engineering, but was not aware of the study materials and institutes. I thank you for providing a detailed information on the subject, its eligibility criteria, best books and institutes. I beleive it will help me to stay on the right track, with also being able to anticipate its prospects as an ideal career discipline. Jayant Sharma, New Delhi

Principal Correspondent Ritika Arora Bhola Special Correspondent Gaurav Dubey Correspondent Upamanyu Borah Director Marketing Ajeet Kumar Manager Marketing Niti Chauhan Parminder Singh

Lights Camera Action: A guide to Filmmaking This story is an engaging read as it encourages one to go for filmmaking. Undoubtedly, filmmaking has become quite challenging today and a career in this field definitely seems to have a bright future. I know there are a lot of opportunities in filmmaking and top Indian institutes are trying to offer the best possible training programmes in the discipline. Elated!

Assistant Manager Marketing Mehuli Choudhury Sr Designer & Visualiser Shaique Ahmad Designer & Visualiser Mayank Bhatnagar

Poorni Roy, Kolkata New trends making education fun, effortless This story helped me to understand that education can be quite interesting. The education sector in India today is adopting various techniques to make the teaching-learning process enjoyable. With technology pervasively touching almost every aspect of our daily life, educators are using it to expand access to education and improve upon its quality. Saurav Malhotra, Chandigarh Yoga as a career – The right choice Students mainly think of switching to courses like engineering, medical or law. But how many of them think of building their careers in Yoga? I am pursuing Yoga, and want to build a career in the same. However, I was not so sure about its criteria and scope. The story gave me quality information about the significance, eligibility criteria, skills required and job opportunities. Bhaidonath Ramachandran, Chennai Developing curiosity fosters quality education Curiosity is part of The Compass Advantage™ (a model created for engaging families, schools, and communities in the principles of positive youth development). Curiosity not only gives students an advantage in school, but today's business leaders agree that it is also at the heart of thriving organizations. Being a teacher, I strongly believe on its paramount importance. Adhiraj Singh, Manipur 8 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

Editor and Publisher Smiti Suri

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News UGC acts to ensure more women in IITs

Olympiad Plus competition to be held in Delhi NCR

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ragonlearn.in has launched Olympiad “Plus” - an Online Competition in Mathematics for Primary School Students - at a public school. The Olympiad Plus consists of fun and interactive tasks in game form. The tasks get students to think out of the box but do not require any in-depth knowledge of the school curriculum. Unique online format allows every child to take part regardless of their level of knowledge, social and geographical background. A i med at log ical t h i n k i ng, attention, imagination, the fun and interactive tasks of the competition are designed in a child friendly gamified format to develop creative thinking and build students’ Interest in mathematics.

IISC Bangalore tops NIRF India Ranking 2018

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he Hu man Resou rce and D evelopme nt ( H R D) Ministry recently released India Rankings 2018 for higher education instit utions. The an nou ncement was made by Un ion H R D Mi n ister P r a ka sh Javadekar along with Minister of state H R D Sat ya Pal Singh at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan. This year, Indian Institute of Science (IISC) in Bengaluru was adjudged the overall best institution in the country by the HRD Ministry’s national ranking framework. Since its inception in 1909 IISC has laid a balanced emphasis on the pursuit of basic knowledge in science and engineer ing, as well as on the application of its research findings for industrial and social benefit.

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he University Grants Commission (UGC) has initiated a slew of measures to ensure better higher education and opportunities like scholarship to women. Among them is a move to ensure that enrolment of women in Indian Institutes of Technology increase by 20 per cent by 2020-21 by creating supernumerary seats. The highlights are: • On the recommendation of a committee constituted by the Joint Admission Board (JAB), it has been decided to increase female enrolment in IITs from 8% in 2016 to 14% in 2018-19, 17% in 201920 and 20% in 2020-21 by creating supernumerary seats. • A Sub-Committee under Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has been constituted to look into the issues related to Girls’ Education. The interim recommendations of the SubCommittee inter-alia include setting up of Residential Degree Colleges

and Polytechnics for Women in the District Head Quarters, Exclusive Women University in each State and providing free education to girls up to PG level, etc. Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), Central support is offered to increase access, equity and quality of higher education. Pro-active measures to attract girls in technical education through measures such as providing relaxation in land norms, FDR and Processing Fee for setting up of technical institutions especially for girls. The UGC is also implementing schemes for development of Women’s Studies in Indian Universities and Colleges, setting up of Women Hostels for Colleges and Universities, capacity building of Women Managers in Higher Education, establishment of Day Care Centre in Central and State Universities.

2441 schools selected for establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories across India

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ndia needs to have a comprehensive relook at its education sector to prepare its youth which comprise over 50 per cent of the 1.3 billion population for the future, educationists and experts have suggested. Speaking recently at the sixth Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai, the experts called for a shift in the policy to meet the challenges of the changing times. “A relook at the Indian education sector is inevitable given that the cur rent system was developed in

the pre-Independence era for just five per cent of the population and that too for clerical roles, with no room for creativity or promoting social reorganisation,” said Aditya Nataraj, Founder director Kaivalya Education Foundation, a social change organisation working in the field of education. He sugge st ed a sh if t f rom a system of “monitoring, inspection and suspension” to one that “enables, e m p owe r s a nd i n s pi r e s” you ng people.


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ConsenSys to launch blockchain training course in Vizag

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onsenSys India, the Indian cohort of the global blockchain specialist f ir m ConsenSys, i n c ol l a b o r a t io n w it h t h e St a t e Government, will launch a unique end-to-end training programme in Visakhapatnam in June. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e Fo u n d i n g Managing Par t ner of ConsenSys, Kavita Gupta, the programme will be held over five weekends, beginning on June 9, with an introduction to the technology and deep dive into the

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IIM-K celebrated its 20th Annual Convocation

he 20th annual convocation at Indian Institute of Management Koz h i kode ( I I M K), held recently, wit nessed 572 st udents receivi ng thei r diplomas and fellowships. The event marked the successful completion of the academic programme and 378 students of the PGP class of 2018 got awarded the Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Seven students completed the doctoral programme and 187 completed the executive post-graduate programme

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Ethereum, the blockchain platform. On the sixth weekend, a two-day hackathon would be organised and participants would be divided into teams to work on projects based on their learning. The participants would be given certificates and they would get an opportunity to join the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s India team. Applications would be accepted from April 16. Experts from the fields of data science, computer sciences, engineering, software programming, and students as well can apply.

in management. In his maiden address as the Chairman of the institute, Shri A. Vellayan, executive chair man of Murugappa group, solicited the cooperation of all stakeholders in pursuing his vision of making IIMK one among the top 3 IIMs within the next 3 to 5 years. In his welcome address, he talked about the importance of commitment to t he societ y a nd cont r ibut i ng towards making the world a better place to live.

IIM Nagpur achieves 100% placement, average salary of `12.05 LPA

IM Nag pu r has concluded the Placement 2018 after achieving 100% placement for its second batch. The Placement season 2018 at IIM Nagpur has witnessed its student getting salary offer of Rs.19 lakhs in the second batch of flagship PGP 201618 programme. T he f i n a l pl a c e me nt p r o c e s s

witnessed 40 recr uiters, including many first time participants in the placement process. The placement 2018 saw participation from sectors like FMCG, Analytics, IT Consulting, BFSI and Logistics among others. IIM Nagpur has completed the final pla ce me nt pro ce s s a he a d of t he conclusion of its academic calendar.

NCERT books to have QR codes from 2019-20: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

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n i o n M i n i s t e r of Hu m a n Resou rce Development, Prakash Javadekar, declared last month that the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) published textbooks would have QR codes from next year (201920), wh ich w ill help st udent s to understand chapters better by watching a film or reading additional content on laptops and digital boards. He said that the government has made a provision of Rs 6,600 crore for bearing the interest component on education loans. The moratorium will be for the course period plus 1 year. Nearly 10 lakh students would avail the benefits from 2017-18 to 2019-20, with the government bearing about Rs 2,200 crore per year towards interest costs on education loan.

IIT Delhi students bag 102 offers

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he Department of Management St u d ie s of I I T D el h i h a s completed its final placements for the 2016-18 batch with an average salar y of Rs 16.54 lakh per year. This year, the institute received 56 recruiters- the highest it has seen, clai med a release issued by t he institute. A total of 102 offers were made to 91 students. The number of first-time recruits stood at 29 this year. T he recr uiters were Deloit te, Amazon, Shell, Google, GE, Accenture St r ateg y, Rock well Automat ion, Maersk Line, KPMG, among others. May 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 11


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Tendulkar launches BMW India’s ‘Skill Next’ for engineering students

TimesPro ties up with GNIMS for PGDM in Banking & Financial Services

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r icket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, recently launched BMW India’s “Skill Next” programme, aimed at imparting hands-on expertise and practical training to automobile engineering students across the country. The brand ambassador of the German luxury car manufacturer, Tendulkar launched the programme by assembling an engine and a transmission unit along with the students of College of Engineering, A n n a Un ive r sit y, at t he m ai n assembly line of the company’s factory at Mahindra World City. The occasion also marked the 11th an n iversa r y celebrat ion of the launch of the Chennai factory. Under the initiative, the luxury car manufacturer would provide 365 BMW engines and transmissions to various engineering and technical institutes across the country ‘free of cost’. Over 100 engineering colleges and 125 ITIs will benefit from the Skill Next initiative.

Abhay Karandikar takes charge as director of IIT Kanpur Abhay Karandikar has taken charge as the Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, thereby, replacing its officiating Director Manindra Agrawal. Agrawal will be taking on the role of a deputy director at the institute. Elated on being conferred the new role, Karandikar said, “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and alumni to take the institute to greater heights. I am confident that with everyone’s support, we can make IIT Kanpur globally competitive.” 12 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

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imesPro has par t nered with SGPC’s Guru Nanak Institute of Ma nagement St ud ies, Mumbai, for a Post Graduate Business Management Program in Banking & Financial Services. As compared to other management programs, the PGDM offers an unparalleled advantage to students looking forward to a career in BFSI industry. This two-year PGDM (Banking and Financial Ser vices) program, approved by AICTE, has TimesPro as the academic and employability partner, whereas the PGDM shall be conferred by SGPC’s GNIMS.

This program will be delivered by renowned industry practitioners using an industry-vetted curriculum including Harvard Business School Case Studies. It has the perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical learning. The program also delivers software-based learning in advanced BFSI software such as Finacle™ and ET Finpro™. Students from earlier batches have been placed at some of the best banks and financial institutions in the country, such as DBS, HSBC, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Standard Chartered Securities, Tata Capital and Yes Bank to name a few.

Government to offer ` 6,600-cr loan to students

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he government is going to help needy students by spending Rs 6,600 crore in next three years in the form of loan interest subsidy, revealed by Union Human Resou rce Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar. The 2009 scheme, under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan was extended at a recent meeti ng of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the next three years. The scheme will facilitate eligible students to get loans without any collateral or guarantee whereas the

interest will be paid by the government for the duration of the course plus one year after its completion. The students can take loans up to a maximum of Rs 7.5 lakh under the scheme. The Minister said that the central government has spent a total of Rs 5,400 crore in the last three years on this scheme, which it would increase to Rs. 6,600 crore for the next three years.The minister also said that in coming five years the government will replace blackboards with smart board for classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 in all its schools.

NITI Aayog partners with SAP to promote STEM education

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fter Intel and IBM, NITI Aayog has now partnered with SAP to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics in 100 secondary schools in 2018. The partnership under government of India’s f lagship programme, Atal Innovation Mission, will be spread across states of Delhi/NCR, Rajasthan,

Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kar nataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The programme aims to enable students to learn advanced technology topics relevant to digital transformation and the internet of things e.g. design thinking methodology, introduction t o p r og r a m m i n g l a n g u a ge s a n d experiential science learning.


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Survive and Win it!

Survival of the Fittest! Are you a beginner? Have you completed your graduation and looking forward to pursue your dream job of working in a multinational firm? In this article, we share some useful tips to survive in the corporate world? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ritika Arora Bhola

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ursuing your dream job and surviving in the corporate world is not an easy task. For achieving it, one needs to be dedicated, committed, attentive and alert. If you aspire to work in the corporate world, you got to follow certain advices and tips given by scholars and experts.

maintain a healthy communication with all of them. Try to be a team player

Tips to help you survive in the big corporate world:

Participate in team activities enthusiastically and give your inputs wherever required. Be friendly with all and show team spirit skills, you will be liked by all and surviving in the corporate world would be little easy.

Get ready for a hard schedule

Avoid gossiping sessions

Get ready for a changed lifestyle. Now you will be expected to work at least 8-10 hours daily and you have to give your hundred per cent to it. Assignments, workshops on weekends and afterhours too may create stress, be prepared and achieve your dream goals by being meticulous, disciplined, eating healthy and staying happy.

This advice is not just for new employees but for old employees as well. Keep a distance from stories and rumours and people who are negative towards their work. Avoid gossips and gossipers tactfully.

Look good

When you are in an office fresh out of college, there will be peers who will think of you as an irresponsible kid, who is just out there to have some fun and who is addicted to social media, self-obsessed, careless and so on.

Dress well and look good. Adhere to the workplace attire and be well-groomed. Look clean and maintain hygiene. You should look presentable and good. Show respect Even if your office has employees close to your age, show respect to all, young or seniors and 14 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

Take stereotyping in your stride

Do not over spend It is easy to be over the moon when you get your first pay check. The amount can make you swoon and tempt you to spend recklessly.


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Keep looking for challenges Your first job should be full of challenges and if not, it is not worth pursuing. If you find your regular job responsibilities to be mundane, approach your boss and request for more challenging work. Never let go of your values and morals A job is important but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that you have to compromise on your ideals and values, then it is best not to continue. You will never be happy in a place where you are daily questioning the methods and policies. This is not your last stop No matter how much you love the job, it is good to remember that this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a place where you are expected to remain till you retire. If you just stick into the daily routine, you will have a hard time if the company decides to close down suddenly or gives you a pink slip. Do well at your job but at the same time, once you are ready, do explore options outside. Maintain professionalism The corporate world is a formal place where work counts more than anything else. Hence maintaining a professional attitude will help you cope. Learning to behave professionally canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be learned in a day or two but it is a gradual process. Be a professional at all levels. Develop a good network Your first job is also about developing your connections. Be in touch with colleagues and even if you happen to leave the job, it makes sense to be in touch with colleagues and seniors. Maintain a happy attitude towards life It will be your first job. Be confident and positive. It is normal to be little May 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 15


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be prepared and achieve your dream goals by being meticulous, disciplined, eating healthy and staying happy.

stressed out and nervous considering your first job, but relax and take it easy. Go forward step by step. Learn to deal with stress and be happy. Do not be submissive Being flattery isn’t always the best tpolicy. Understand that being a sycophant can’t take you anywhere, so avoid it. There will be seniors who love those employees who flatter them and they may be even partial to them. But you needn’t be one of them. Show respect but maintain a distance. Let your work speaks for you Respect boundaries Never misuse office infrastructure and facilities be it the stationery or Internet. Respect your company and do not talk bad about it in front of others. You can land in a scoop if you misuse your rights and not just in your first job, any time of your career. Maintain the deadlines Be committed towards your work and respect the deadlines. Try to complete the given work in the specified time. By doing so, you can earn some browny points from your seniors. Learn everything about your company It’s always suggested that before joining 16 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

an organization one should thouroughly read about the company, work profile, products they deal in etc and this is one of the survival tips for the corporate world. One should be well-versed with the place you are working. The more you learn about your company, the more you will feel connected with it.

is full of different kinds of people, as any society is. You will meet good people, bad ones, the middle ones and even crooked ones. Maintain a cordial relationship with everyone but do not expect anyone to be your best friend. Maintain a safe distance and do not trust everyone.

Learn to say NO

Learn the tricks of time management

In a corporate world, seniors usually take advantage of newbies by indulging them in doing extra work or even their own work without giving any credit. Be wary of such situations and learn to say NO when required. Do not allow others to take you for a ride.

Time management is the key to success,” say scholars. The best way to manage time at office is to keep a balance between your personal and professional life. Maintain time for each task and try to finish it in the given time. Do not bring your personal issues to work and never take your work stress home, otherwise you will never be happy. Manage your time efficiently so that each day you learn something new.

Work smart and not hard Working hard is a passé. In today’s world, you need to be smart enough to work in a corporate world. Smart working with dedication, commitment and right strategies will take you to places. Try to complete your task fast and learn new skills and technology, and learn steps to do work more efficiently in lesser time rather than taking a whole day. Be friendly but not all are your best friends Maintain good relations with your colleagues. You cannot be best friends with everyone. The corporate world

Look into details Be attentive - learn to pay attention to the details. Be it listening, discussing with colleague, responding to all e-mails, reading and attending meetings, reading about dates and timings carefully, proof checking your report or even memorising names of people – nailing details will help you much in your career. Accept criticism and praise in your stride Always learn to accept criticism in


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Be who and what you are. Maintain your individuality. Learn from your seniors but do not try to be like them. Build your own identity. a positive way. Criticism should not discourage you or make you disheartened. Be confident and learn from your mistakes. At the same time, if someone praises you for your work, don’t be over confident. Let harsh comments help you learn a thing or two and let compliments encourage you to work better. Take risks The initial days in the corporate world – is the best time to take risks,” says experts. You should not shy away from exploring new paths, taking up new responsibilities and risks in job. It will offer new learning avenues for sure. 18 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

Do not take leave frequently You should not take leaves frequently unless and until there is an emergency, especially during training period. Use the leaves allotted to you. Be punctual, attentive and alert – as this is the mantra to survive in a corporate world especially during initial phase. Later on, when you are settled, things will be easy for you. Use your social media profiles more responsibly Be careful with what you post on your social media websites. If you have a LinkedIn Profile, then update it and post your new position and the company name. And you can change privacy

settings if you are posting some personal pictures of parties and other. Your social media accounts also reflect your personality. So be careful with it. Take care of your health It’s not easy to survive in the corporate world. Long working hours can take a toll on one’s health. And one shouldn’t forget that health is wealth. You should follow a healthy lifestyle by indulging in nutritious food instead of junk food so that you remain healthy. If you are physically fit, you will be able to handle workplace stress and responsibilities very well. Always be who you are In a corporate world, it’s important to adjust and adapt to different situations and environment. So one should be flexible and should not try to ape anyone. Be who and what you are. Maintain your individuality. Learn from your seniors but do not try to be like them. Build your own identity. (Source: www.linkedin.com)


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The Anatomy Of Campus Placements Campus Placements offer students a wonderful opportunity to get placed during the course of their academic pursuit, providing them the comforts of a safe and secure future. It also enables organisations to scoop up the best and brightest students straight from campus, which is a surefire way to build entry-level talent pipelines. For 2018 graduates, the question to options for fresher jobs is dependent on how well and seriously they work towards this session. While we cover the basics on the placement exercise, which conventionally takes places in the last two semesters of college, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to take the dialogue further. Upamanyu Borah

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he arc we are trying to chart out today, a journey that most job aspirants go through in college - campus placements, followed by an inclusive list of the best colleges/universities across India in terms of providing the best placements to students. Campus Placement or Campus Recruitment drives are conducted in various educational institutes for

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providing job opportunities to the students who are pursuing their particular academic courses. It is an effective way for organisations to engage emerging talent. Keeping in mind the importance of the campus placement programs, it is vital for students to prepare adequately for these programs and make sure that they put their best foot forward. There are two types of Campus Placement programs:

On-Campus Placement Drives: In On-Campus placement drives, companies visit institutes to select final year students and the selection process depends upon a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to workhard, technical capabilities and focus, the perimeters on which he/she is evaluated. Off-Campus / Pool Campus Placement Drives: In Off Campus placement drives, recruitment is conducted at a common


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It is vital for students to prepare adequately for campus placement programs and put their best foot forward place. It may be a particular institute or a public place where students from different colleges/universities assemble and take part in the various stages of the campus placement drive. A number of these drives are advertised as ‘Job Fairs’. Steps and Preparation Tips for Campus Placements The main objective of the placement process is to identify the talented individuals. The criteria adopted for selection by most companies are variable in nature and selection process is as follows: Skill Assessment: A skill assessment test, often in the form of an aptitude gathering exercise, is a formative first step in most of the campus placement exercises. A written evaluation, though more likely to be a computer-based test, it is generally conducted on the college campus, either directly by the company or through an assessment partner (like the AMCAT Test). If you’re looking to practice for your aptitude test, AMCAT sample papers should come in handy. Why skill assessment? Generally, aptitude tests and skill assessment exercises cover the following areas: • Logical ability • Domain knowledge • Quantitative aptitude • English competency • Suitability towards specific skill-sets Homework Gather opinions: Talk to test-takers who have gone through an earlier exercise for the company or role that you’re slated for. Practice a lot: Take practice runs for all of these skill assessments, by accessing

different mock tests for these areas. Go through your feedback reports and make a conscious effort in improving on recurring weaknesses. Work on core subjects, equally: Your competence in your core subject will remain at the centre of your chances, although different companies (technical and non-technical) give different weightage to skill assessment modules. Take feedbacks seriously: Most of the mock tests and exercises end on score aggregates and feedback outlines. Take notes and work on your preparation accordingly. And then refine your answers accordingly. Group Discussion/Panel Interview: Group Discussions or Panel Interviews, in a campus placement exercise, is a round where the interviewer(s) get to observe a set of candidates and see how they would react in situations or communicate over their convictions in a problem-solving mode. Different from a group discussion, the panel interview is a more formal exercise. Brought together either formally or through an informal discussion format, the Group Discussion or GD checks students on confidence, original presentation of ideas, flow of thought and conduct in a group. While the group discussion has interviewer(s) observing the actions of the candidate in a group, the panel interview has several of them, connecting

with the candidate either individually or in groups. Why a group discussion? The group discussion and panel interview check the following: • Flow of thought • Presentation skills (in a group, individually) • Stress management / ability to handle ‘spotlight’ • Reaction to contrasting thoughts and opinions Focus Clarity of thought: Comprehension of a situation, working through a logical argument and presenting it adequately are the three traits you need to showcase in this case. Start with a critical thinking approach and move towards an analysisbased approach in real life. Work on your communication skills: Work with these factors in mind• Who is your audience • What is the problem you’re discussing • What is the language (tone, jargon) that you’re communicating in • Who benefits from a solution and how does yours impact them • What are the salient points that everyone else is raising Address issues in comprehension: Take your cues from everyone else, including the interviewer, and build on your responses accordingly. May 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 21


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If you are looking to practice for your aptitude test, AMCAT sample papers should come in handy Technical Interview: Technical interview is an engagement which is domain and role-specific in nature, aimed at evaluating how good the student is in his/her core, with his/her languages (the programming kind) and what he/ she would exactly bring to the job at hand. It can be an interview with the project manager or supervisor; it can be an assessment on the core subject or a situational test. What does a technical interview assess? • Grasp on domain – programming knowledge, core skills • Ability to mould to role • Practical application of knowledge to real-world situations • Clarity in thought and articulation Exercise Background research: Begin with the areas/domains that the company works on and the common challenges it can face 22 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

in terms of products/services and their execution. Practice coding challenges: Work on multiple practice sets for these• Q&A Trivia Sessions • Take Home Coding Challenges • Pair Programming • Whiteboarding Similarly, you can work on practice sessions more conducive with your core subject and request for questions in that segment. Prep your Interview strengths: A technical interview is also conducted in an interview format; face to face, online, on video (think Skype) or telephonically. Prepping for it with the aid of mock interview formats, like the mock AI is also a good way to gear your practice quotient. HR Interview/Formal Interview: HR interview or Formal Interview is the final round of the selection procedure, where the HR personnel check candidates on whether they are best fit for the role at hand. It includes the internship, work experience, industrial visit to the brands in a specific sector which increase the chances of selection. Apart from classic checks (originality of the candidature), they check for willingness to move for work, any debilitating conditions and behavioral traits to ascertain how good

or bad the candidate would be with them. Basically, it evaluates the stability and confidence level of the candidate. What does the HR interview eye? • Passion to work for the company and the role • Skills (Core and Soft Skills) • Learn ability • Possible red flags with candidate • Post-Placement Talk Drill Exercise clarity in thought: Work towards a clear thinking pattern – it will help in life in more ways than one. Work on Interview preparation tips: In practicality, a panel interview would have two or more panelists judging your responses on a few open-ended questions than you can mentally review and have ready answers for. Safeguard against common interview mistakes: Many of us realise that we end up making some of the most common job interview mistakes, when it comes to facing an interview panel. These include: • Inadequate research (Company + Domain) • Body language missteps • Non-verbal cues • Inadequate communication skills • Personal presentation (With relevant inputs from www.myamcat.com)


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Research Methodology Module 1

TEMPLATES SENT

All the colleges/universities were selected on the basis of their affiliation to AICTE/AIU/UGC/State Universities

Module 2

DATA COLLECTED

A detailed template was sent to all the institutes across India to collect primary data over a period of three months. The various parameters assessed through the information template were: Accreditation | Faculty | Curriculum Placements | Infrastructure | Value for money Student’s career progress | International faculties and students Alumni opinion | Parents perception | Recent graduate’s opinion | Return on Investment | Gender parity on board Quality and capability of placement cell   

SECONDARY RESEARCH

Module 3 Responses received were recorded and a thorough research was conducted to find information about missing institutes.

DATA ANALYSIS

Module 4 Our research team did an assessment to find out individual scores secured by institutes in respective parameters based on the received information template forms.

PERCEPTUAL RATING

Module 5 The cumulative scores were calculated and the institutes were divided into clusters/categories.

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EDUCATION

BEST Placement COLLEGES OF INDIA 2018

CAREERCONNECT proudly presents yet another issue which categorically lists the Best Colleges for Placements across the country. Below is an extensive list of the most sought after colleges in both public and private category. The purpose behind this endeavour is to highlight the institutes after analysing them on various parameters, to help students make better choices. ENGINEERING Name of the Institution

City

National Institute of Technology

Tiruchirappalli

Birla Institute of Technology

Ranchi

BITS Pilani

Rajasthan

National Institute of Technology

Warangal

College of Engineering, Anna University

Guindy

College of Engineering

Pune

College of Engineering

Trivandrum

Delhi College of Engineering

Delhi

Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology

Gandhinagar

Harcourt Butler Technical University

Kanpur

IIT Bombay

Mumbai

IIT Delhi

Delhi

IIT Guwahati

Guwahati

IIT Kanpur

Kanpur

IIT Kharagpur

Kharagpur

IIT Madras

Chennai

IIT Roorkee

Roorkee

IIT-BHU

Varanasi

IIT-Indian School of Mines

Dhanbad

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology

Shibpur

Indian Institute of Information Technology

Allahabad

Krishna Institute of Engineering & Technology (KIET)

Ghaziabad

International Institute of Information Technology

Hyderabad

Jadavpur University, Faculty of Engineering and Technology

Kolkata

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University

Hyderabad

Malaviya National Institute of Technology

Jaipur

Manipal Institute of Technology

Manipal

Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology

Bhopal

Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology

Allahabad

M.S. Engineering College

Bengaluru

Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology

Hyderabad

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EDUCATION

BEST Placement COLLEGES OF INDIA 2018

Name of the Institution

City

National Institute of Technology

Kurukshetra

National Institute of Technology

Rourkela

National Institute of Technology

Jamshedpur

National Institute of Technology

Durgapur

National Institute of Technology

Calicut

National Institute of Technology

Karnataka

Sona College of Technology

Tamil Nadu

Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering

Mysore

St. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Engineering College

Hyderabad

M. Kumarasamy College of Engineering

Tamil Nadu

Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology

Surat

Institute of Chemical Technology

Mumbai

K. Ramakrishnan College of Engineering

Tiruchirappalli

Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology

Patiala

University College of Engineering, Osmania University

Hyderabad

AISECT Group of Universities

Bhopal

K. Ramakrishnan College of Technology

Tiruchirappalli

Vellore Institute of Technology

Vellore

Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology

Nagpur

MEDICAL Name of the Institution

City

All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Delhi

Anugrah Narayan Memorial Magadh Medical College

Gaya

Armed Forces Medical College

Pune

B.J. Medical College

Pune

B.J. Medical College

Ahmedabad

Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

Bangalore

Burdwan Medical College

West Bengal

Christian Medical College

Vellore

Gandhi Medical College & Hospital

Secunderabad

Government Medical College

Kozhikode

Government Medical College

Chandigarh

Government Medical College

Amritsar

Government Medical College

Mysore

AISECT Group of Universities

Bhopal

Grant Medical College

Mumbai

GSVM Medical College

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EDUCATION

BEST Placement COLLEGES OF INDIA 2018

Name of the Institution

City

Guru Govind Singh Medical College

Faridkot

Hi-Tech Medical College

Bhubaneswar

Institute of Medical Sciences - Banaras Hindu University

Varanasi

Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research

Kolkata

Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College

Aligarh

Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences

Bangalore

Kilpauk Medical College

Chennai

King George Medical University

Lucknow

KJ Somaiyya Medical College & Research Centre

Mumbai

Lady Hardinge Medical College

Delhi

Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College

Mumbai

Madras Medical College

Chennai

Manipal University

Manipal

Maulana Azad Medical College

Delhi

Medical College and Hospital

Kolkata

NIMS University

Jaipur

Osmania Medical College

Hyderabad

Padmashree Dr D Y Patil Medical College

Pune

Patna Medical College

Patna

Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences

Rohtak

RG Kar Medical College

Kolkata

Rohilkhand Medical College

Bareilly

Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College

Mumbai

Seth GS Medical College

Mumbai

SGRD Institute of Medical Sciences & Research

Amritsar

Siksha O Anusandhan University

Bhubaneswar

SN Medical College

Agra

Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute

Chennai

SRM University

Chennai

St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medical College

Bangalore

University College of Medical Sciences

Delhi

Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital

Delhi

MANAGEMENT Name of the Institution

City

Indian Institute of Management

Kolkata

Indian School of Business

Hyderabad

Indian Institute of Management

Lucknow

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EDUCATION

BEST Placement COLLEGES OF INDIA 2018

Name of the Institution

City

Xavier Labour Relations Institute

Jamshedpur

Bharathidasan Institute of Management

Thiruchirapalli

Christ University

Bangaluru

Department of Management

Pilani

Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology

Delhi

Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology

Roorkee

Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology

Chennai

Fore School of Management

New Delhi

Great Lakes Institute of Management

Chennai

ICFAI Business School (Ibs)

Hyderabad

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Delhi

Indian Institute of Management

Indore

Indian Institute of Management

Rohtak

Indian Institute of Management

Kozhikode

Indian Institute of Management

Ranchi

Indian Institute of Science, Department of Management Studies

Bangalore

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Chennai

Indian School of Business

Mohali

Industrial and Management Engineering

Kanpur

Institute for Financial Management & Research

Chennai

Institute of Finance & International Management (Ifim Business School)

Bangalore

Institute of Management Technology

Ghaziabad

Institute of Rural Management

Anand

International Management Institute

Delhi

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies

Mumbai

KJ Somaiya Institute Of Management Studies And Research

Mumbai

Loyola Institute of Business Administration

Chennai

Madras Christian College

Chennai

Management Development Institute

Gurgaon

Mica - The School of Ideas

Ahmedabad

Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

Mumbai

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management

Hyderabad

National Institute of Industrial Engineering

Mumbai

Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies

Delhi

Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management

Mumbai

SP Jain Institute of Management and Research

Mumbai

Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research & Entrepreneurship Education

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EDUCATION

BEST Placement COLLEGES OF INDIA 2018

Name of the Institution

City

Faculty of Management Studies

Delhi

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management

Pune

Symbiosis Institute of Business Management

Bangalore

Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies

Pune

T A Pai Management Institute

Manipal

University of Delhi, Faculty of Management Studies

Delhi

Vinod Gupta School of Management

Kharagpur

Xavier Institute Of Management

Bhubaneswar

MASS COMMUNICATION Name of the Institution

City

Asian College of Journalism

Chennai

Mica - The School of Idea

Ahmedabad

Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media

Bangalore

Christ University

Bangalore

Dr C.V. Raman University

Bilaspur

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh

Madras Christian College

Chennai

Lingayaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University

Faridabad

Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh

IGNOU

Bhopal

Nims University

Jaipur

Jagannath University

Jaipur

Manorama School of Communication

Kottayam

Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology

Kurukshetra

Xavier Institute of Communications

Mumbai

St Xavierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College

Mumbai

Sophia College For Women

Mumbai

Kishinchand Chellaram College

Mumbai

Ramnarain Ruia College

Mumbai

Lala Lajpat Rai College of Commerce and Economics

Mumbai

Jamia Millia Islamia

Delhi

University of Mysore

Mysore

Indian Institute of Mass Communication

Delhi

Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidyalaya

Bhopal

Delhi College of Arts and Commerce

Delhi

Kamala Nehru College

Delhi

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EDUCATION

BEST Placement COLLEGES OF INDIA 2018

Name of the Institution

City

Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication

Delhi

Indraprastha College for Women

Delhi

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies

Delhi

Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce

Delhi

Amity School of Communication, Amity University

Noida

Institute of Management Studies

Noida

Noida International University

Noida

Chitkara University

Patiala

Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication

Pune

Film and Television Institute of India

Pune

HUMANITIES Name of the Institution

City

Christ University (Dept of Arts)

Bengaluru

DAV College

Chandigarh

Dr B.R. Ambedkar Jr College

Hyderabad

Ethiraj College for Women

Chennai

Fergusson College

Pune

Gargi College

Delhi

Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College

Chandigarh

Hansraj College

Delhi

Hindu College

Delhi

Indraprastha College

Delhi

Isabella Thoburn College

Lucknow

Jesus and Mary College

Delhi

Kamala Nehru College

Delhi

Kishinchand Chellaram College

Mumbai

KJ Somaiya College

Mumbai

Kristu Jayanti College

Bengaluru

Lady Shri Ram College of Commerce

Delhi

Loyola College

Chennai

Madras Christian College

Chennai

Maharaja Agrasen College

Delhi

Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women

Chandigarh

MES College

Bengaluru

Miranda House

Delhi

Mithibhai College

Mumbai

Mount Carmel College

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EDUCATION

BEST Placement COLLEGES OF INDIA 2018

Name of the Institution

City

Ramjas College

Delhi

Ramnarain Ruia College

Mumbai

Sacred Heart College

Kochi

Sophia College for Women

Mumbai

Sri Venkateshwara College

Delhi

St Francis Degree College For Women

Hyderabad

St Joseph College

Bengaluru

St Stephen’s College

Delhi

St Teresa’s College

Kochi

St Xavier College

Ahmedabad

Stella Maris College

Chennai

Symbiosis College

Pune

Women’s Christian College

Chennai

Zakir Husain Delhi College

Delhi

Law Name of the Institution

City

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar College of Law

Visakhapatnam

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

Lucknow

Indian Institute of Technology

Kharagpur

Jamia Millia Islamia

Delhi

Nalsar University of Law

Hyderabad

National Law School of India University

Bengaluru

National Law University

Delhi

National Law University

Jodhpur

Symbiosis Law School

Pune

The West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences

Kolkata

Architecture Name of the Institution

City

Indian Institute of Technology

Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Technology

Roorkee

School of Planning and Architecture

Delhi

College of Engineering

Delhi

School of Planning and Architecture

Trivandrum

Anna University

Chennai

JNAFAU School of Planning and Architecture

Hyderabad

Jamia Millia Islamia

Delhi

National Institute of Technology

Hamirpur

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Top Colleges/Univer Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru Indian Institute of Technology, Madras Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Anna University, Chennai University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati Jadavpur University, Kolkata University of Delhi, Delhi Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi University of Madras, Chennai Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Pune Panjab University, Chandigarh Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research, Chennai Andhra University, Visakhapatnam Jamia Hamdard, Delhi Siksha `O` Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, West Bengal

Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

Osmania University, Hyderabad

Bharathiar University, Coimbatore

Tezpur University, Assam

Calcutta University, Kolkata

Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram

Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

Visva Bharati University, Kolkata

King George`s Medical University, Lucknow

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Vellore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu

Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Punjab

Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata

Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar

Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Rajasthan

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Jharkhand

G. B. Pant Universtiy of Agriculture and Technology, Uttarakhand

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rsities of India 2018 Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy, Tamil Nadu Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Punjab Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Madhya Pradesh National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Mangalore I n s t i t u t e of S c i e n c e E d u c a t i o n & R e s e a r c h , Thiruvananthapuram JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana Gauhati University, Assam Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research, Chennai SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar Birla Institute of Technology, Jharkhand Sona College of Technology, Tamil Nadu

National Institute of Technology, Warangal Dr D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune Amity University, Noida Madurai Kamraj University, Tamil Nadu SVKM`s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation University, Andhra Pradesh AISECT Group of Universities, Karnataka University of Agricultural Sciences, Karnataka Pondicherry University, Puducherry Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar North Eastern Hill University, Shillong Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Andhra Pradesh Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra Banasthali Vidyapith, Rajasthan

Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai

Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Chennai

Indian Institute of Technology, Patna

Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune

Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai

Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli

University of Kashmir, Srinagar KITE Group of Institutions, Ghaziabad Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu Sri Venkateswara University, Andhra Pradesh PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Coimbatore Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar University of Jammu, Jammu Tawi

Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai College of Engineering, Pune Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, Puducherry Goa University, Goa Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala Delhi Technological University, Delhi Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Mysore Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh

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FEATURE

Here’s How to Crack

Job Interview Like a Pro Do you have a job interview scheduled? Don’t worry, be confident, read and research properly about the organization and dress-up well – you will surely get your dream job. This article will help you with in-depth information on the best ways to get hired in companies of your choice. By Ritika Arora Bhola

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etting placed in a company of his/her choice is a dream of every jobseeker. In today’s time, with growing exposure, industries going global, digitisation and computerisation, taking over, MNCs investing in global market etc., there are ample of lucrative job opportunities for young professionals who are well-trained in their specific fields. MNCs are in dire need of trained professionals and keep conducting placement sessions/interviews in varied parts across the world. Indian professionals are not getting jobs only in India but in abroad also. But you should prepare for the interview well and be well-versed with the organisation you are applying in. Mentioned below are 34 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

some useful tips to get placed. Best Ways to Get Hired Before the interview, make sure you do your homework well – which includes thorough research work about the organization you have applied in. Do spend a few hours and read as much as you can from various sources – talk to friends or Google it. Often candidates just go through the company website and forget to read the latest updates or news on the Internet. By doing so, you not only know with which company you will be associated but also you will be confident during the interview. Social media sites like Twitter and

Facebook can also be a best source to know what the employees say. See if they are talking about a product launch or any development, expansion plans – it will help you initiate a conversation. No matter what position you have applied for — engineering, sales, marketing, HR, finance etc., — you should always study about each stream. If hired, it will be easy for you to create value for the people associated. There are different ways of interviewing. For eg, some companies start with general questions and later bring up questions related to the subject. Some ask brain teasers while others give a standard set of typical interview and


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Video: With the advancement of technology, MNCs usually prefer video interviews as an alternative method to the traditional telephone interview. Organizations screen candidates via Skype, FaceTime or YouTube. Video interviews usually last for around 30 minutes.

leadership questions. Asking the recruiter or HR about the interview format well in advance is not a big deal. This will help you in preparing for the interview. One can easily find lists of common interview questions on the Internet— Prepare answers and remember them during the interview. It’s likely that you’ll be asked certain questions like what and why you’re interested in this particular role and company – what are your strengths and weaknesses, hobbies and prior work experience, if any. So prepare answers to these questions well in advance. Dress-up formally. Maintain hygiene and look good. Remember first impression is last impression. Your personality can reflect what kind of person you are. You can do as many mock interviews as you can possibly with a friend. You’ll be much better at answering. Reflect Positivity - Be nice and gentle with any staff member you meet before or after the interview and, if you’re feeling nervous, remind yourself that the worst thing that could happen is you simply not getting the job, that’s it. If not this job, then apply in some other organization. During the interview, avoid talking about any personal problems unless they ask, and never badmouth your previous employers. Body language - Give a firm handshake to your interviewer(s) before and after the session. Once you’re seated, sit naturally without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk. Throughout the interview, remember to smile frequently and retain eye contact. 36 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

Clarity - Answer all questions clearly and concisely, evidencing your most relevant skills, experiences and achievements. It’s perfectly acceptable to pause before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time, or asking for clarification if, at first, you’re unsure what the question means. When answering, don’t speak too quickly. Speak politely with poise Enthusiasm - It’s important that you allow your personality to shine throughout. Do ask thought-provoking questions at appropriate moments. Both of these strategies will demonstrate that you’re genuinely interested in the role and listening closely to the interviewer. Types of interview There are several different types of interview:

Telephonic: Telephonic interview is quite common. Some employers use this method generally to eliminate unsuitable candidates. Successful applicants are usually then invited for a face-to-face interview. Telephone interviews usually last for around 30 minutes.

Face-to-face: The most common type of interview, face-to-face takes place with either one interviewer or, more commonly, a panel. In some rare cases, you may interview alongside other candidates and questioning can either be strengths-based or competency-based. Face-to-face interviews usually last for between one and two hours.

Assessment centers: Used primarily by employers to compare the performance of several candidates in a range of situations, assessment centres typically involve tasks such as presentations, group work and written tests. They usually last for one day. What to take 1. A bottle of water 2. A pen and notepad 3. Money 4. Photo ID (e.g. your passport or driving licence) 5. Your academic certificates and work examples 6. Your CV, application form and interview invitation What to wear to an interview The interview dress code is usually formal. Men can opt for: a dark suit and tie combination. However, things


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During interview, avoid talking about any personal problems unless they ask, and never badmouth your previous employers are slightly more open for women. You could wear a dress, trouser suit, or a skirt and blouse; black, navy or brown are the safest colours. Women can wear Indian attire as well. You should also: Avoid wearing too much jewellery or make-up Cut and clean your fingernails Ensure that any briefcase or handbag you take is smart Polish your shoes Tidily arrange your hair Use aftershave or perfume sparingly Wash and iron your outfit 38 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

After the interview Once you are done with your interview and about to leave, let the interviewer know that you’re available to answer any follow-up questions. If you feel your interview went well, you could email the interviewer later in the day or probably the next day, thanking them for their time. Sometimes, companies call up candidates for the second round of interview, which aims to more closely scrutinise what you and any other remaining candidates can bring to

the role. Prepare for your second interview just like your first, but you should also: •

Request feedback from your interviewer • For the second round, R&D extensively about the organisation than for the first interview In the end, even if you don’t get the desired job, do not get disheartened because something better is still waiting for you. So simply ask the recruiter for the feedback and apply in some other organisation.


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Best Offbeat courses

Off beat courses are now generous, expanding the scope of career choices in India. Apart from ideal career choices, there are many new courses providing opportunities in shaping up an unique career. If you feel that creativity runs in your nerves, then go for such courses that are now emerging in India. Charu Pandey, after an in-depth research narrates about new courses which are booming and flourishing.

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n India, we think that bright and secure future only lies in the fields of Engineering, Medical, Defence services and other government jobs. With time, many uncommon subjects have emerged in the field of education. A general presumption is that offbeat careers would not get you a classy job. But if you strike the right cords then you are in for a rewarding career. You just need to find out where your interest lies and switch to that field of study. True satisfaction in life comes from doing something new and what we love to do. One can find a course that allows them to be creative and helps them to earn money, by enjoying the work which they love to do. If you are looking for something challenging and different, then offbeat courses could be ideal options for you.

CARPET TECHNOLOGY The art of designing may be just for 40 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

you. Are you interested in learning about carpets? Carpet industry has been flourishing since 16th century and the handloom carpets are in great demand. The official figures suggest that exports

One can find a course that allows them to be creative and helps them to earn money, by enjoying the work which they love to do of carpets during the financial year 201617 are worth â&#x201A;š 10,000 plus crores. The domain of carpet technology can shape up an interesting career as the future looks bright and India is expected to play a major role worldwide. Carpet

Technology focuses on the Art and History of Indian Carpet industries. Theoretical and practical exposure are provided to students in carpet washing, Textile fibres, etc. India is growing in Carpet Industry rapidly. Carpet Technology can become career choice to learn the art. Eligibility Criteria Candidate must have PCM in 10+2 for opting Carpet Technology. Admission is granted through AIEEE score merit list also. Diploma with 60% marks in textile technology/hand loom technology/ textile designing/or any other diploma recognized by UP technical board may be considered under this category. You can opt for B.tech in Carpet Textile Technology. Scope in this field The scope in carpet technology is huge.


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electronics. It helps to solve research problems through advanced spectroscopy, lasers, microscopy, and fiber optic imaging. Photonics is also put to use in biotechnology, microbiology, medicinal sciences, surgery and life sciences. There is a global demand for skilled people with Photonics training. A Photonics specialist can work in government and industry laboratories and as professional officers in universities and government offices.

The growing numbers of practical applications of photonics make it an important field both for research and commercial development Not only in production and making of rugs or giving them a final touch, but also in marketing and sales. Use of social media, use of computers in designing and development, use of small tools for finishing, and making of tufted rugs, better working conditions for workers ,etc. are important for the future growth of this industry. Candidates pursuing this course can build their careers in Designing, innovation in production and finishing, and online sales. Salary structure A carpet technologist can begin his career with pay of ₹ 1 lac per annum. The salary hike is determined by work experience. You can expect to get a job in the fashion and textile industry as QA managers, textile technologists, product developers, process engineer, development engineer, and medical textiles engineer as well. List of the Institutes offering this course 42 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

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Indian Institute of Carpet, Technology, Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh Indian Institute of Carpet, Technology, Srinagar Department of Textile Technology, New Delhi

PHOTONICS Do you have that madness for Photonics? Even that could be your smart decision if you are looking for an offbeat course. Photonics is the study of photons, the elementary particles of light, mix of optical technology and electronics. It enables you to equip yourself in the technique of emission, detection, transmission and modulation of light. In Photonic system, information signals are conveyed as pulses of light and these optical signals are transmitted through optical fibres. The growing number of practical applications of photonics make it an important field for both research and commercial development. The technology of Photonics is used for imaging, health care and medicine, defense, optics and

Eligibility Criteria The candidate must pass plus two with science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Maths) with a minimum marks of 50% for graduation courses in Photonics. One should have a Masters degree in Physics or Photonics to pursue M.Tech, M.Phil, and PhD in Photonics. Diploma courses are also available to become a Photonics technician. Twoyear technician programme help one to become a photonics technician. Scope in this field Photonics contributes to continuous development of telecommunications infrastructure. Fiber-optic communications brought together the Internet and all its benefits. As the demand for bandwidth increases, so will the demand for photonics in the system. Photonics engineers mainly start their career as assistants to experienced engineers. Salary structure Photonics offers a high pay package. Salary varies on the basis of experience and qualification. One can earn ` 20000 to ₹ 35000 per month at the beginning of his career. List of the Institutes offering this course • Periyar Institute of Technology, Tiruchilapalli, Tamil Nadu • Rajarshi Shahu Mahavidyalaya, Latur, Maharashtra • The International School of Photonics, CUSAT • Indian institution of Technology, Madras • Manipal Academy of Higher Education • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi TATTOO ARTIST Designing with colourful inks with the


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country over the years. Tattooing is a personalised job, therefore every client wants a unique tattoo and 100 per cent attention. Therefore, it is important to keep a balance between art and business. Salary structure A tattoo artist can earn ` 5000 to ` 40000 depending on experience, location and popularity. A fresher can earn ` 2 to 3 lakhs and that an experienced one can earn upto to ₹ 5 to 6 lakhs per year. List of the Institutes offering this course • Inkscool Tattoo Training Institute and tattoo studio, Pune • Ace tattooz and Art Studio Colaba, Mumbai • Insane tattoos, Mumbai MOUNTAINEERING Give an adventurous climb to your career by opting Mountaineering. Mountaineering is a sport of climbing. There are two levels of Mountaineering – Basic and Advance. After completing these levels in Mountaineering, you can become an instructor or a trainer. It is necessary for a mountaineer

to be competent in all the three levels of the sport—hiking, rock climbing, and snow and ice technique. There are wide variations within those categories. To pursue a career in mountaneering, a certification from any Adventure sport institute is mandatory. Eligibility Criteria The individual should be mentally and physically fit for opting mountaineering. Scope in this field Tourists mostly from Israel, Germany, the UK and several other European countries have g ive n a boost t o mountain tourism. The demand of mountaineering guides is much more than their availability. This is going to increase in the near future. There is a high demand of mountaineers in Army, Navy, Air Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force, among others. A tour operator has to escort foreign teams to the base camps at the peaks of the mountains and look after their expedition, accommodation, food, and base camp logistics. Mountain guides require a lot of travelling. At present, there are very few opportunities for educated, qualified mountain guides in India. Outside India, mountaineers can earn more income and social prestige. Salary structure The salary structure of a mountaineer differ from place to place. Generally, a mountaineer can earn from ` 10,000 to ₹ 12,000 in initial days.


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List of the Institutes offering this course • Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling • The Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and winter, Nunwan, Anantnag District, Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir • Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali WINE SOMMELIER/TASTERS Wine Sommelier is a person who has the knowledge of different types of flavours of wines across the world. A wine sommelier should be specialised in wine services as well as wine and food pairing. Normally, a sommelier works in a fine dine or he can collaborate and work with various wine makers in improving the taste of wines in their company. Eligibility Criteria A reputed hotel management institute followed by on-the-job training, or a certified course from a reputed organisation is required. The course of wine sommelier mainly has two levels - Foundation Course and Intermediate Course. A wine sommelier must be knowledgable in subjects like, history of wine, regions where wine is produced, and viticulture (grape varieties) and wine making. Types of wine, understanding wine labels, understanding quality designations, wine service and storage, food and wine pairing and responsible consumption are also important which need to be understood. Scope in this field The job of sommelier can enjoy a good career growth. You can work as a sommelier or as a brand manager of a company. The field of wine tasting offers broader responsibilities and career growth. Salary Structure A Sommelier can earn ` 10,000 up to ` 30,000 per month depending on experience and the workplace. Independent wine consultants can earn from ` 25,000 to even lakhs a month. List of the Institutes offering this course 46 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

Today, We are living in the age of cybernetics Internet and information system, the pivot around which most of the work of any organisation, whether government or private, gets done • • • • •

Institute for Wine and Beverage studies, Tughlaqabad, New Delhi Wine Academy of India, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Manipal University, Karnataka KBR School of Wine, Mumbai Sonal Holland Wine Academy, Mumbai

ETHICAL HACKING Does “hacking” sounds cool to you? Do you like playing with various codes of security system? Then you can build up a career in “Ethical Hacking”. Ethical hackers get hired by different companies and help identify potential threats on a network. We are living in the age of cybernetics. Internet and information system today play a very significant role and have become essential in every public and private organisation for carrying out all types of works in the sectors including IT, banking, media, hospitality, among others. Some government organisations like Defense, Nuclear and other organisations have very crucial data with them which need to be protected from several hackers. This is where the role of ethical hackers become crucial. Eligibility Criteria An Ethical hacker must have a Bachelors degree of Informational Technology in IT sector. To be a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), you need to earn the appropriate credential from the EC-Council

after few years of security-related IT experience. The certification will help you understand security from the mind-set of a hacker. Scope in this field There is a huge demand for ethical hackers in the market, who can not only safeguard the enterprises from organised cybercrime groups but also assist them to assess their cyber security preparedness. Salary Structure In the beginning, salary structure ranges from ₹ 20, 000 to ₹ 25,000. The salary amount can rise up to ₹ 50,000 to ₹ 60,000. Businesses and governmentrelated organisations that are serious about their network security hire ethical hackers and penetration testers to help probe and improve their networks, applications, and other computer systems with the ultimate goal of preventing data theft and fraud. List of the Institutes offering this course • Indian School of Ethical Hacking, Kolkata, West Bengal • Extreme Hacking: Institute for Ethical Hacking Course and Ethical Hacking Training, Pune • Hacking Institute DICC, Delhi • Delhi Institute of Computer Courses


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Forensic Sciences At present, medical science have become quite mainstream and innumerable students across the country are opting for it. But, if you have the passion for understanding the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly on the criminal side, then the world of forensic sciences is what you should explore. Porni Banerjee presents detailed information on what forensic science is, eligibility criteria, specialisations in the field, its career prospects, books to read and top institutes offering the course in India.

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he arrival of globalisation brought with it much advancement in the education sector over the years. As a result, many career oriented and specialised courses including management studies, advanced engineering courses, architecture, archeology, pharmacology, etc. also came into prominence and a majority students take interest in such subjects as noticed. But, if you are interested in human anatomy and forensic studies, 48 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

then forensic science is the appropriate discipline for you. Understanding Forensic Science Forensic Science is the branch of science, which requires dealing with criminal investigations, solutions and prevention of crimes using application of scientific knowledge. The discipline of forensic science encompasses various fields of science including chemistry, biology, psychology, social sciences, physics, engineering and the like.

The role of forensic scientists is to collect, analyse or examine and preserve scientific evidence to enhance the investigation. While some professionals go the crime scene to collect the evidence themselves, others perform their roles in laboratories where they carry out their investigations on various objects that are brought to them by officials of other departments. Forensic science is of importance to protect public health, enforce criminal laws and resolve civil disputes.


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Top institutes offering course on Forensic Sciences

Institute of Criminology & Forensic Science, New Delhi University of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, Delhi Dr.Harisingh Gour Vishwa Vidyalaya, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh University of Delhi, Delhi Anna University, Chennai Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Delhi Punjabi University, Punjab Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat Amity University, Noida Swami Vivekananda University, Madhya Pradesh Central Forensic Laboratory, Kolkata Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh The Forensic Sciences Department, Mylapore, Chennai Osmania University, Hyderabad University of Madras, Chennai Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology, Bundelkhand 50 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

Specialisations in the field of forensic sciences Under Forensic Sciences, various specialised courses are open to such aspiring graduates for study. This includes the following: Forensic Serology: Forensic Serology deals with the detection, classification and study of bodily fluids like blood stains, semen, fecal matter and perspiration and how are they related to a crime scene, thereby enabling to capture the killer. A forensic serologist may also be involved in DNA analysis and the analysis of blood stain pattern. Forensic Entomology: Studies the insects and arthropods in criminal investigation. Forensic scientists are able to study the post mortem index, cause of death and change in position of the corpse by studying the insect population and the different larval developmental stages. Forensic Odontology/Forensic Dentistry: The subject enables the application of dental knowledge to criminal and civil laws to explain deaths associated with crimes such as sexual assault. Forensic odontologists are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. Forensic dentists

A forensic scientist must possess good writing skills, good interactive skills, must be analytically sound. An enquiring mind, patience, team spirit, observation skills, good knowledge on chemistry and biology are also significant are associated in assisting investigative agencies to identify recovered human remains or fragmented bodies. They are also asked to determine the age, race, occupation, previous dental history and socio economic status of unidentified human beings. Forensic Biology: Forensic Biology deals with the examination of blood, body fluids, hair, bones, insects, and plants and animal remains to help identify victims. The discipline supports criminal investigations. Forensic Biologists use varied forms of technology in the lab and field to collect and analyse biological evidence found on weapons, clothing, and other surfaces to determine the time and cause of death. Forensic Toxicology: This discipline involves the study of adverse effects of


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Job Profiles in forensic sciences Top designations forensic science students can earn in the field of forensic sciences are:

Forensic Scientist Forensic Expert Legal Counselors Forensic Engineers Crime Reporter Teacher/Professor Law Consultant Crime Scene Investigator Handwriting Expert Books and Study Materials Some well researched books written by noted authors are available in the market and can be chosen by the students for a better understanding on the discipline.

Forensic Science by Jim Fraser Forensic Psychology by David Canter Forensic Science by Andrew R.W. Jackson Fundamentals of Forensic Science by Max M Houck Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid Forensics for Dummies by D.P.Lyle The Elements of Murder by John Emsley The Science of Sherlock Holmes by E.J.Wagner The Casebook of Forensic Detection by Colins Evans Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science by Richard Saferstein 52 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

chemical substances on living organisms and the practice of diagnosing and treating exposures to toxins and toxicants. Toxicologists are experts who study on poisons and poisoning. Forensic Ballistics: This subject involves the investigation of evidence relating to firearms at a crime spot, which includes the effects of projectiles and explosive devices. An expert having advanced skills on forensic ballistics matches bullets, fragments and other weapons with the weapons of the alleged suspects and those involved in the incident. Scope of Forensic Sciences/ Career Prospects With the right qualification from a recognised university, the candidate can kick start his career in forensic sciences in the investigative services of central and state governments. Also, Forensic personnel are also hired by the law enforcement agencies such as the police and the legal system. Forensic graduates are also recruited by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), and various law firms and hospitals. Additionally, apart from being a forensic scientist, one can also opt for a career in teaching forensic sciences in different institutes. Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL) also gives the right career opportunities to forensic graduates. Forensic professionals are also recruited by Quality Control Bureau and Defence/Army. Additionally, forensic professionals can also find their job opportunities in other domains including pharmaceutical industry, clinical research, civil services, banks, paint industry, software and biotechnology. For pursuing the profession as a freelancer, one needs to have a certification by the State Forensics Department to practise. How can you become a forensic scientist? To opt for forensic sciences, a candidate must have science stream in grades XI and XII. A bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree is a must with subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, medical technology or genetics. A graduate degree will enable you to get an entry-level job in forensic

Forensic professionals can find job opportunities in domains such as pharmaceutical industry, clinical research, civil services, banks, paint industry, software and biotechnology sciences. One can apply for a postgraduate degree that is M.Sc in forensic science from a recognised institute after completing graduation in B.Sc. Skills Required Some special skills are also imperative to become a successful forensic scientist. He or she must possess good writing skills, good interactive skills, must be analytically sound. An enquiring mind, patience, team spirit, observation skills, good knowledge on chemistry and biology are also significant. One should also have personal integrity and be unbiased. The forensic scientist must also have excellent hand-eye coordination details as they need to handle minute pieces of evidence. How much one can earn? Most of the jobs in forensic science are associated with government aided agencies. Private organisations offer handsome salary package. Those candidates holding a post graduate degree, the salary can be sky high. The starting salary is between ` 3 to â&#x201A;š 4 lakhs per year. However, an experienced forensic professional earns up to ` 6 to â&#x201A;š 8 lakhs per annum.


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Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE), one of the most prestigious engineering colleges of Karnataka, embraces the ideology of instilling professional ethics and is building an environment of knowledge sharing in the field of management and technology. Dr B.Sadashive Gowda, Principal, (VVCE), in a one-to-one conversation with Porni Banerjee, talks about the success of the institute, factors that have contributed to its growth, and new initiatives taken for the students to boost recruitment drives.


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How has your institute evolved under your leadership over the years? What are the other significant factors that have contributed to its growth? Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering believes in collective and participative leadership. Over the years, VVCE ha s ma de a sig n if ica nt prog ress both in terms quality and quantity. Under the g uidance of Gundappa Gowda, President, and P. Vishwanath, Secretary, VVCE has been putting a lot of efforts to provide a conducive ambience for an outstanding teachinglear ning experience. An excellent coordination between faculty and students has enabled the institute to implement many initiatives such as workshops, industry visits, and lecture capture solutions. Building research culture at UG level, introduction of Code Tantra to teach programming lang uages, and mini-projects are also some of the programmes that we have initiated for our students. Additionally, Entrepreneurship Cell, Industry collaborations, Incubation facility, Industry-Academia board in each department, R&D policy are the key factors that have contributed to rapid growth of the institute. Adding feather to the cap, five UG programs are accredited by NBA, New Delhi. What are the emerging careers in the field of Engineering? Some of the emerging careers in the field of engineering are: Internet of Things (IoT) Data Analytics Artificial Intelligence (AI) Machine Learning Additive Manufacturing or 3d Printing Alternative Energy Systems Satellite Engineering UAV Developments Nanotechnology Advanced Materials Fuel Cells Robotics Simulation Tools Photonics Are you planning to introduce any new course in your college? We are planning to introduce the discipline of Aeronautical Engineering - a study about the design and systems of an aircraft. It involves practical and theoretical u nderst andi ng of materials, assembling parts, testing and maintenance of aircrafts.

Could you kindly share few points on the way the college’s placement cell functions? V VC E Tr a i n i n g a n d Pl a c e m e n t (TAP) Cell is headed by our Training and Placement Officer (TPO) and is suppor ted by the faculty and students Placement Coordinators. Students’ database is maintained and managed at TAP. Training programs for engineering students are designed and organised by the TPO which helps students to improve their employability skills, thus making them confident and successful. Companies are invited to conduct recr uit ment d r ives. Based on the

development trainings are also provided and students are prepared well for placements through mock tests and continuous practice of aptitude papers. Every engineering department has its own Industry Academia Board which supports college and student community. Centers of Excellence have been established in engineering departments. Programmes like Workshops, technical talks and project presentation competitions are also being conducted. Students are encouraged to carry out multidisciplinary projects, present technical papers and promote innovation through research and development.

We have been putting lot of efforts to provide a conducive ambience for proper development of teachinglearning experience eligibility criteria, students’ database is submitted to companies. The process of placement is organised and carried out by the TAP department. Apart from training and recruitment, TAP also supports college and students’ activities and staff development programs. What efforts does your college take to provide best placement opportunities to the students? Reputed organisations are invited for conducting recruitment drives. VVC has signed MoUs with companies to provide technical training on current technologies to our students. Skill

Tell us about the placement sea- son of the present year? How was the season different from the previous season? Placement of 2018 batch was not that encou raging as compared to the previous year’s batch. Company expectations were very high and their requirements meager. Can you name a few companies who are your recruiting partners? Our recruiting partners are major IT giants such as IBM, Infosys, L&T I nfotech, GSS, Mphasis, Br illio, Capgemini, Hewlett Packard, NTT DATA, and KEC, among others. May 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 55


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Promoting skill based and research driven quality education India’s first skill-based private university, Rabindranath Tagore University’s focus lies in the holistic development of a student in order to ensure the effective application of knowledge for a secure future. Santosh Kumar Choubey, Founder, AISECT Group of Universities, in an interview with Charu Pandey, talks about the university’s success in bridging the skill and ICT gap between urban and rural India, new initiatives, and its efforts to bring about inclusive changes through quality education and training. How has the AISECT Group of Universities evolved under your leadership over the years? How successful have you been in your efforts? The AISECT group of Universities started in 2006 with the launch of the Dr CV Raman University (CVRU) in Chhattisgarh. It was the first private university of Central India and in a tribal belt to have an appropriate research infrastructure and funding. We wanted to set up universities that would provide world-class and affordable higher education at locations that were in dire need of it. Therefore, CVRU was modeled in a way that it made quality higher education accessible in an isolated region; all at an affordable fee structure. The success of CVRU over time has inspired us to delve further into the higher education space. Today, we have campuses in four states – Rabindranath Tagore University (formerly known as AISECT University) in Bhopal - Madhya Pradesh, the AISECT University in Jharkhand and the Dr CV Raman University in Bihar – under its umbrella. Moreover, our distance learning courses are extremely popular across the country. We are India’s first group of universities that has mandated compulsory skills education in all degree and diploma programs. Our higher education institutions are located in areas where there had been a massive gap in terms of quality education, skill development and exposure to opportunities. What are the emerging careers in the field of education which would create a different impact in the times to come? We are a pioneer of innovation in the field of Skill Development. We strongly believe that employability is directly linked to skill-ability of an individual. Hence the challenge in the upcoming times will be to align higher education with skill education. Our universities offer career options which are non conventional and practical. We have courses like agriculture, paramedical and nursing that cater to the employability factor of a student.

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Are you planning to come up with any new course or initiatives? We are planning to increase our geographical coverage by setting up World-Class infrastructure in states which require affordable and quality education. We have recently signed a MoU worth INR 300 crores with the Government of Assam at the ‘Advantage Assam’ Summit 2018 to open a state-of-the-art University in the state by the end of 2018. A grand project in the making, CVRU Assam will offer ultra-modern facilities and infrastructure in a state-of-the-art campus. It will be the first skills-based university in North-East India. We are also working in close coordination with industry experts to create skill-based courses to make the student industry ready. Throw some light on the way of functioning of the university’s placement cell? We have a st rong cent ralised placement cell in the university which take cares of placements of all the students of all courses running under the aegis of the university. University Placement Cell is more focused on student’s training and tries to impart and ensure the basic traits that are required during campus placement drives. We have strong linkages with MNC’s and SME’s of India which help them in training and placement activities throughout the year. Va r ious t rai n i ng prog rams are also organised for overall development of all the students. Soft skills, Aptitude and Technical training classes are held regularly so that the st udents are well groomed to face the company interviews with confidence. Interaction with the industry is done on a regular basis with many speakers from well-known companies sharing their expertise with our students. Workshops, Seminars, Industrial Visits and Expert Lectures are a regular af-

fair in the university. UniversityT&P Department takes initiatives in building relationship with leading industries of various sectors so that pre-employment training can be easily made available to students. The university also has inhouse training experts to train the students in Aptitude, Reasoning, Spoken English, Group Discussion, Technical and HR Interview Skills. Facult y members f rom var ied streams conduct in-house pre-placement company-specific training programmes that consist of written test and personal interviews. What efforts does AISECT Group of Universities take to provide best placement opportunities to the students? Three decades of experience of the AISECT Group in offering skills and ICT based education across the country ensures that all our placement cells have excellent relat ion s w it h t he lo cal a nd national level enterprises as well as the Government. It helps all our students in getting the best-in-class placement opportunities. Moreover, AISECT Group’s r u ral job placement website, rojgarmantra.com is dedicated to creat placement opportunities for people from rural and semiu r b a n a r e a s . T h i s g i ve s u s sufficient contacts with serious recr uiters. It also helps us to outline the qualities that recruiters are seeking from fresh recruits. Therefore, our placement cell, with its vast knowledge-base of recr uiter expectations, guides

s t u d e nt s t owa rd s c omp a n ie s that align with their interests and expertise. Tell us something about the placement season of the present year? How this year’s season is different from the previous season? In the last few years, it is observed that apart from IT and Software Industries, core companies from Automation, Automobiles, etc. have started hiring fresher candidates and right now they are in the expansion mode and have started taking fresh technocrats from institutes and universities. Students are not limited to companies related to their course or stream. Maximum companies are expecting good quality candidates and do not depend on the degree of the students. They are more focused on quality and skill, st udents possess during campus placement. What types of companies are majorly coming for campus recruitment these days? Have you seen any shift in placements or the nat ure of companies which are registering for campus placements now? Companies from IT and Software, Automation, Automobiles, Pharma, Recr uit ments Fir ms and BPO are majorly coming for campus placement d r ives. Nowadays, Advisory and HR Recruitment Firms have also started taking candidates from institutes and u n i ve r s i t i e s , of f e r i n g t h e m decent packages on par with other sectors.

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Strategically crafting global business leaders How do B-Schools help in building the foundations of tomorrow’s leaders? We are moving strategically to craft global business leaders. Firstly, we have crafted our vision and mission statements duly reflecting this thrust towards development of leadership qualities among students. Our vision is to make Aurora’s Business School a global leader in 58 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

Aurora’s Business School, a pioneer in management studies in Telangana has evolved as one of the best institutes in the state. It has earned a good reputation in India for being a center of quality education and research in the field of management. Dr. K. Raghu Naga Prabhakar, Director, Aurora Business School, in an exclusive interview with Gaurav Dubey talks about the campus facilities and institute’s methodology of creating future business leaders and entrepreneurs.   

management education with humane values to serve the emerging needs of the society. Our mission is to nurture socially and environmentally sensitive global business leaders. Secondly, we follow world class curriculu m and teaching-learning methodologies, comprising of case analyses, GD’s, debates, seminars,

quizzes, assignments, project work etc. Thirdly, we encourage initiative, out of box thinking and leadership qualities among students. We arrange lectures by eminent professionals and successful business leaders to ignite passion among our students and to motivate them to be visionary professionals and business leaders.


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What is the use of case studies used in graduate and undergraduate business education? Case studies give an understanding o f u n i q u e n e s s o f eac h business situation. They also expose students to the realities and hard challenges of various business scenarios. They challenge students to think originally and practically and come out with innovative solutions. Case studies and case analysis have a central place in our TeachingLearning process. Our students do case analysis and case development on a regular basis. There are a prescribed number of cases for each course which the student has to do mandatorily. How does your institute incorporate entrepreneurial values among its students? We inculcate entrepreneurial values among students by inviting entrepreneurs to deliver lectures and to give expert comments on the product development exercises or business development plans of our students. We conduct workshops on entrepreneurship in collaboration with NEN WADHWANI Foundation. We have an MOU with this organization. MBA vs. PGDM is a common dilemma for B-school students. Discuss the potential of each of the two degrees? MBA and PGDM programs are both approved by AICTE and they broadly have the same syllabus. However, PGDM course that we offer is structured in a far superior way as evident from the following practices of ours. 1. Trimester pattern that we follow is enabling us to have larger number of courses of study 2. Regular industry visits are arranged as a part of PGDM to give students a feel of industry realities 3. International study tours are arranged for PGDM students to give them a global vision of business management 4. 100 per cent of summer internships and final placements for all registered students are being secured 5. Our faculty is largely drawn from industry. Besides, most of them have foreign exposure

6. We have project work every trimester In all these things MBA compares poorly with the PGDM course we are offering at this B-School.

training to all our students 5. A l l s t u d e n t s a r e g i v e n l i v e projects as a part of their Summer Internships that we provide to all our students 6. We organise a large number of Oncampus and Off-campus placement drives to secure placements to all our students 7. We pay individual attention to all students who registered for placements and coach them in tune with their requirements and capabilities on one-on-one basis 8. We target elite companies for placing our students 9. As a result of all this our placement goes up to 90 per cent and beyond.

How does your B-School prepare students as per immediate market requirements for ready acceptance in relevant job profile in reputed organisations? We make our students job-ready through the following means: 1. We prepare a placement calendar at the beginning of every academic year 2. We are conducting placement orientation by arranging sessions by inviting professional placement agencies 3. We offer add-on courses on business communication and on different specialisations in collaboration with organisations of repute 4. We give campus recruitment

In the eve-changing start-up environment, business administration and management education provide an edge to entrepreneurs. Comment. Yes indeed. Management education of the right kind provides an edge to entrepreneurs. There is great business climate in the city of Hyderabad where our B-School is located due to the forward-looking government headed by KCR. The Auroraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Business School is offering courses on entrepreneurship development. It has been conducting workshops on entrepreneurship development. Many of our alumni have become successful entrepreneurs. They are called for interaction with current students. There are many students who have their plans a foot for entrepreneurship.

We arrange lectures by eminent professionals and successful business leaders to ignite passion of doing business among our students

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Imparting world-class technical education through research and development An institute of great repute, Sona College of Technology has been offering a full range of programmes of global standard to foster research in the field of Science, Applied Science, Engineering, Technology and Management studies, helping students transform into globally competent personalities. Shri Chocko Valliappa, Vice Chairman - Sona Group of Institutions, in a conversation with Upamanyu Borah, narrates about the institutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state-of-the-art infrastructure and congenial learning environment, its academic standing, and collaboration with industry for mutual benefit and overall knowledge development of the students. 60 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018


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Q1. Give us an overview of your

institute in terms of infrastructure and other significant parameters? What are its exclusives? Sona College of Technology, one of the top ranking engineering colleges in India, has achieved global identity through its involvement in research with recent technology, outlining successful completion of projects and products. Incepted in 1958, the institute has been contributing to the growth of technical education in India for over 60 years now. Sona College of Technology has in its fold Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, regarded as India’s best polytechnic, and Sona College of Arts and Science, its new arm. Sona College of Technology is spread over a sprawling campus of 50 acres right in the heart of Salem city. It is the first educational institution to get the Five-Star rating by GRIHA for its Green Building. The-state-of-the-art laboratories, well-equipped workshops and other infrastructure facilities brand it the most-sought-after institution for engineering aspirants. With over 350 faculty members that include 127 doctorates and 87 faculty members pursuing PhD, the college has a staff student ratio of 1:15. Recently, the institute has achieved top rank among 2000 engineering colleges in India and is regarded as one of the best private engineering institutions in Tamil Nadu, as rated by MHRD, Government of India under its National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). Sona has been honoured four times with the AICTE– CII award for the best industry linked institute for the disciplines of Computer and Information Technology, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Fashion Technology and Civil Engineering. Q2. Please tell us about the courses offered by your college in the field of technology? An ISO-certified institution, Sona College of Technology offers Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering and a variety of doctoral degrees in all major disciplines. Renowned for its excellence in technical education, rich tradition and high values, the institution has been accredited by NAAC with an ‘A’ grade. All of its

eligible programmes are also repeatedly accredited by NBA. Today, Sona College of Technology is a proud FISTAccredited institution for its research and innovation. Q3. How does your institution imbibe present day technological transformations happening abruptly? What are the factors which are the star points of your institution? Sona College of Technology’s main strength is its academic excellence which it has been successfully achieving through its skilfully-crafted teaching -learning and student assessment processes. The students develop enormous energy and enthusiasm for learning through technology-enabled education. A fully wifi-enabled campus, with providing laptops for students, Blackboard, and Moodle, Sona has everything that it takes to make learning easy and enjoyable. “Learning is thus a Celebration at Sona”. In fact, it has tied up with IIT, Mumbai and Amrita University through its A-view facility and has been promoting student selflearning via EDUSAT, NPTEL, and MOOC, multimedia and so on. Sona believes in adopting best practices like peer teaching, LCS (or the Lecture Capture System) and disseminating knowledge and enabling critical thinking to impart quality education through its Learning Management System Blackboard which is a globally used system. Sona College of Technology has been accorded recognition as a Scientific and Industrial Research

Organisation (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. This entitles Sona to receive administrative support on issues that promote and encourage scientific research activities. Sona renders practical learning opportunities through its modern laboratories which are linked to the 36+ research and development centres that closely collaborate with ISRO, NIOT, DRDO, DST, Doshisha University Japan, and so on. It also offers a host of non-formal courses to enhance the employability skills of the community. Q4. Shed some light on the industryspecific activities by your institution? What efforts does the institute take to provide best placement opportunities to the students? Sona College of Technology’s industry focus is apparent from the number of entrepreneurship activities it promotes through its EDC and TechnologyBusiness Incubation Centre funded by MSME. Student placement cell has always witnessed 100% placements through its innovative approach, to attract the best core companies, and the highest pay package being over 15 lakh rupees per annum. Catering to the needs of multinational companies, Sona offers languages like Japanese, French, German, Arabic and Hindi. This in turn improves the quality and placement prospects of students. Sona’s major recruiters includes Commvault, Amazon, Infosys, Renault Nissan, Mind tree, Infoview, Paypal, Dell and Elgi Equipment, to name a few. May 2018 < CAREERCONNECT < 61


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Once Available to a Few Privileged Students, Adaptive Learning is Now Accessible to All

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Beas Dev Ralhan

Adaptive Learning has the potential to solve a crucial classroom challenges. Adaptive learning systems use machine learning to help personalise the presentation of learning material based on their learning speed, interest and problem areas

ersonalised learning is based on the premise that no two students learn the same way; their learning pace and style vary. Therefore, there can be no correct or single sequence to learning. This one-size-fits-all approach adopted by traditional learning systems leads to discrimination amongst students; while some are termed smart, others get labelled as unsmart. Personalised learning identifies learning gaps and mitigates those to ensure that the student makes progress. It is a more efficient way of learning as it caters to individual learning needs. However, personalized learning requires disproportionate resources because it involves understanding how students learn, how much they know and their interest levels. The call for an interest in personalised learning is not new. It dates back to almost a century ago, with educators frowning upon the proliferation of mass schooling. For instance, in the 1920s, Carleton Washburne, an American education reformer, conducted an experiment in Illinois. He devised a strategy that came to be called programmed instruction, a precursor to personalised learning. It stated that while certain essentials were needed to be mastered by students to make learning progress, students also needed to be allowed to make learning progress at their own pace with no strict standards to adhere to. History is marked with many similar initiatives to boost personalised learning, but none of these efforts were sustained due to the lack of finance and other resources like highlyskilled teachers. Personalised learning available, but not practical Initially, implementing personalised learning was a tedious affair. It needed an ideal student-to-teacher ratio where a skilled teacher could give individualised attention to each student in class strength of 6 to 8 students. Only a select few elite schools were able to provide a personalised learning environment to students. However, a modest school,

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lacking skilled teachers and the ideal student-to-teacher ratio, could not implement personalised learning. Thus, in the absence of such learning opportunities in most schools, parents chose to enrol students in coaching classes or appoint private tutors. The scenario in group coaching classes was not that encouraging either. Appointing skilled private tutors might have been an ideal scenario, but it would certainly have been a costly one. A private teacher for one subject charges approximately ₹ 2,000 to ₹ 5, 000 per student for 1 month. The advent of technology in the education sector has democratised learning, making it available to a larger audience at an affordable cost. Adaptive learning would cost around ₹ 200–500 for each student per month. Moreover, this can help even a less-skilled teacher to facilitate quality learning to students. Technology brings personalised learning to all In the last few decades, technology has gratified humans with many innovations and has been able to reach not just a select few, but also the large middle-class population. For instance, international call rates have gone down drastically in the last couple of years, and are no longer perceived as a luxury, but rather a part and parcel of regular life. That is the power of technology in real life, and it can exert far-reaching effects on the education sector too. With technology, more specifically, artificial intelligence making inroads into the education sector, personalised learning has finally got a boost in the form of adaptive learning. It is a tech-mediated way of presenting learning materials as per the individualised learning requirement of each student. Adaptive Learning technology Adaptive learning requires gaining a thorough understanding of a child and his skill level, and also quantifies the knowledge of a child on different topics accurately through different Item


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For teachers, this can become an important tool to ensure more uniform learning Response Theory (IRT), one of the components of adaptive learning. IRT asks aspirants a mid-level question and based on their response to it, the difficulty level of the next question and the subsequent ones are modified. Questions are asked based on the estimated ability of the candidate; hence, fewer questions suffice in assessing a candidate’s capability. Knowledge Space Theory (KST), one of the other components of adaptive learning technology mimics a teacher’s understanding of students’ learning gaps and requirements accurately. Artificial intelligence (AI) closely monitors the performance and learning pattern of a student and with this data fed into the adaptive platform, KST delivers a knowledge graph for each student. KST maps the accurate knowledge state of a student being assessed within the vast knowledge space. There are two stages – what a student already knows, and what they are ready to learn. There are separate but distinct knowledge sets which have to be mastered by the student in order to master the subsequent ones. For instance, in math, addition has to be mastered to move on to the concept of multiplication. An optimal learning path Artificial intelligence (AI) learns about the performance of students and categorises students as per their learning capacity

and needs. Once the knowledge graph of a particular student has been established, artificial intelligence recommends to students the optimal learning path based on its past experience with this particular student and also with students from the same category. While a kinesthetic learner might learn best with hands-on activity or simulations, a visual learner will gain a clearer understanding of concepts by watching audio-visuals. Adaptive learning technology understands the resource a student best responds to. Thus, learning is more effective when students learn through a tool that interests them the most. We, at Next Education, are working on our adaptive Learning Management System, NextLearningPlatform (NLP). It will present the optimal resource tool from our vast pool of content containing different kinds of components -- simulations, audiovisuals and real-life videos which encourage enquiry-based learning in students. This will ensure that students follow the best-suited learning path and attain learning goals in an optimal time. Besides being time-effective and cost-effective, adaptive learning technology keeps up the interest level of students. Adaptive Learning believes that all knowledge can be mastered by students and helps them reach a desired state of knowledge. (The article has been authored by Beas Dev Ralhan, Co-founder and CEO, NextEducation)

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2nd edition of Manav Rachna Excellence Awards

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he second edition of Manav Rachna Excellence Award (MREA 2018) in a glittering ceremony honoured some of the greatest minds in the world of Industry and Sports. Dr Steven West, ViceChancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of West England, was felicitated with the Global Thought Leader Award at MREA 2018. The ceremony was graced by Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, Hon’ble Governor of Haryana at the Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) campus. Manav Rachna Excellence Awards, organised annually were instituted in

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April 2017 to carry forward the rich legacy of its visionary founder, Dr O P Bhalla, who worked ceaselessly to promote quality education. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Prashant Bhalla said, “In a journey of 21 years, our institutions have given to the nation many corporate leaders and sports achievers. We take pride in sharing that Shreyasi Singh who has won Gold in Women’s Double Trap shooting at CWG 2018 and Ankur Mittal who had won Bronze in the Men’s Double Trap Shooting at CWG 2018, are both Manav Rachna students. Our students have been raising the bar of excellence, year after year. We are very confident, that the coming editions of MREA will see our very own students/ alumni being bestowed with the prestigious honours.” MREA 2018 were bestowed upon eight leaders for their exceptional and path-breaking vision by the Hon’ble Governor in the presence of Smt Satya Bhalla, Chief Patron – MREI, Dr Prashant Bhalla, President – MREI, Dr Amit Bhalla, VP MREI, Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, MD – MREI, Dr N C Wadhwa, VC – MRIIRS, Padma Shri Dr Pritam Singh, among other veterans from the industry. The recommended nominees for the MREA 2018 have been considered after the evaluation of their achievements in the industry and contribution to the nation.

EarlySalary and Avanse launch ‘FeES’

arlySalary, India’s largest digital-lending Fintech startup partners with Avanse Financial Services, India’s fastest growing education finance company to introduce a first-of-its-kind digital, school fee financing solution called ‘FeES’. This solution is being offered through the EarlySalary App. This unique solution has been planned with a socio-economic objective of helping parents afford good quality school education for their children by simplifying the fee payment process through instant credit facility and convenient EMIs. ‘FeES’ provides instant education loans ranging from Rs 50,000 to 3,00,000 and offers f lexible repayment options of 3 and 6 months. Commenting on the announcement Akshay Mehrotra, CoFounder & CEO of EarlySalary said, “Finest education should be the most important prerogative for a parent. Hence, with a little assistance from our new offering ‘FeES’ we believe we can give the much needed helping hand to every parent. Our partnership with Avanse is another step towards building the category of quick loans. We are introducing a new segment of loans for a different set of customers through this initiative. We understand that every parent would definitely want to give the best opportunities for studies to their kids. Hence, this tie-up is in sync with our vision of solving parent’s common problem of managing their kid’s school fees.” Elated on the partnership, Amit Gainda, CEO, Avanse Financial Services Ltd. said, “Avanse is glad to partner with EarlySalary to launch ‘FeES’, a unique school fee management solution that makes it extremely convenient for parents to digitally secure instant education loans for school fees and 64 < CAREERCONNECT < May 2018

repay through effective EMI options. All school expenses including tuition fees, books & study materials, etc. are covered under this feature. Through this partnership, Avanse reinforces its commitment towards providing customer centric education financing solutions, hence enabling education dreams of Indian students. Through the ‘FeES’ feature, we aim to reach out to millions of parents and students to fulfil school education dreams.” USPs of the ‘FeES’ Feature: • Instant School Fee Payment within minutes • Pay back with upto 6 months EMI option • Zero Down Payment • Processing fee of Rs. 999 only • New to Credit’ borrower can also avail benefits


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