Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Placement Cell - Who does it all !

By: Sradha Suman Mahapatra

Hurriedly I climbed up the stairs, taking a peep at my watch. It was 10:33 am and as always, I was late, by a whole 3 minutes. Taking two steps with each leap, I reached the orientation hall at exactly 10:34 am. Passing a moderate crowd of parents and students, who had arrived for counselling, I reached at the door that said, "Training and Placement Officer" and there he was, Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir, sitting on his chair, facing towards the computer, talking over his phone and going through some documents; all at the same time. Seeing him busy, I waited for some time with my CET_Photofactory friends, while he, along with around six Placement Co-ordinators, was busy discussing about something that seemed very important. Of course. with Maruti Suzuki in line, the placement cell had a lot to do. After around an hour or so, finally, we were called in. With a smile, he greeted us and the interview began and then continued for the next fifteen minutes. Come let's know, what the placement cell of CET is upto, lately; how hard is our Training and Placement Officer working to get us placed and who are the people helping him do it ! 

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir [ Dept-Mech], Training and Placement Officer, CET
Picture Credits: CET_Photofactory

SRADHA: Good morning, Sir. I'm Sradha and I'm here on behalf of The CET Rising. Sir, first of all, thank you for sparing some time for this interview from your busy schedule. As we can see, you and your team are completely occupied with several duties. As this is one of those busy placement seasons, we're curious to know about what the placement cell is up to right now. Can you brief us about the current plans of the placement cell and the immediate tasks that you're focusing on ?

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir: Current plans..Uh! In the 2014 pass-out batch, we came across many companies, mostly software companies. So all of them have promised us to take a good number of students, provided we give them the first slot. Starting from TCS, Infosys, Accenture, Wipro, all the companies are asking for the first slot. But, of course, we can give the first slot to only one company or we will have to go for a sharing mode. But, TCS is not ready for the sharing mode. It wants the first slot; they want to be the first to conduct recruitment in our college. They won't come otherwise. 

SRADHA: Then , Sir, how is this being handled ?

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir: Now, we are in the process of convincing the companies. We're trying to give them dream slots. If they will be willing then the procedure will be materialized. Otherwise, we've some other companies in pipeline. We'll try to give them the second and third slots.

SRADHA: Well, sir there has already been some campus recruitment for this year. And also almost all our seniors from the 2014 batch have been placed at good places...

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir: Actually, the placement of the 2014 batch is not over; it's still continuing, off-campus mostly. But most of them have been placed.

SRADHA: Well, sir, most of the times, we've seen you busy with the placement work. This time also, we saw that you were with the students, at ITER and KIIT, upto 10 to 11 pm. Sir, after having worked day and night for hours together, how do you feel when you see your students getting placed; coming out with offer letters in their hands ?

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir: You see, it is actually a great pleasure, as a placement officer, to see my students get placed. That is exactly what this department or this cell is for and we want maximum number of our students to get placed. But in addition to that, we also want that our students should get placed at higher packages. We are mainly focusing on increasing our average package, this year because we already have a good number; that is around 80% placement has been seen for the last 3 years. So now number is not an issue, higher package is what we are looking at. We're contacting the core companies, mainly. Some of them have agreed and there is more to do; a lot of work to do !

Picture Credits: CET_Photofactory

SRADHA: We see you and your team working so hard, already, Sir. That is really encouraging. 

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir: Because of additional charge, you see, I cannot focus strictly on CET's placement. I am also doing some work at BPUT, earlier some work at JEE. So I am unable to concentrate totally on the placement of CET as my total effort is divided into 3 to 4 areas, which is actually not what is needed. There should be one permanent and dedicated person appointed, who will only be looking at the placement department. Then only our average package will increase because he will get more time and he can contact all the core companies who are willing to pay above 6-7 lakhs per annum. That is actually needed. If one person is dedicated towards the Training and Placement cell then the average package can go up, because as I already said, now number is not a matter of worry for CET. There are so many companies in pipeline, who we are not being able to give slots.

SRADHA: Sir, this was also one of my questions. When we were at KIIT for Mu Sigma's recruitment process, this time, we saw more than fifteen to twenty faculty members sitting there, while from CET only you were present. So...

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir: Uh ! There are other faculty members too, but they are also engaged in other duties. Being a government college, all the faculty members are given some additional responsibilities; all are busy. That's why, as you rightly said, you go anywhere, you will find 10-15 faculty members always associated with the placement and they are looking after all the HR and technical needs of the recruiters, where as, we are short of that. Probably, in future, we will also do that!

SRADHA: Sir, as you said, the number of students getting placed is already good and the focus is on higher packages now. How do you think CET's infrastructure is preventing that from happening ?

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir: That is a good question. But the infrastructure now you are seeing is much different from the time you had first entered this college. There has been a vertical expansion in all the areas. So, once it is completed, I think we will be in a better position to take care of the needs of the HR personnel from companies. We have got feedback, regarding infrastructure, from some very highly reputed companies, that we should improve our infrastructure. And that has also hampered some of the companies' fame and they have simply run out of the campus due to lack of bare minimum infrastructure. So we will have to improve and I hope that when all the vertical expansion will be carried out, within two-three months we will be able to give a good environment to the companies. But, I am only hopeful. And again, that will help us ask many companies to come to our campus. This time, Mu Sigma was interested to hold the recruitment process in our campus; even TekSystems. But I was in a fear that if I call them, they may not come next year with the available infrastructure or facilities. But for the next year, we have requested them and they have promised us to come to our campus.

Picture Credits: CET_Photofactory

SRADHA: In fact, the infrastructure is improving, we all can see. It will be really good when the work is over. Sir, moving on to my next question. Though our faculty members are not able to give much time to the training and placement cell due to several other responsibilities, we always see our Placement Co-ordinators running here and there and...

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir: Yeah, yeah, yeah ! The placement cell of CET is running only due to the Placement co-ordinators. They help a lot and particularly a few of them, four to five co-ordinators in all the years, who are working day and night. And this number, whatever you are seeing, is only due to these PCs; No placement officer, no one. All the credit goes to them; 4-5 of them, not all. They have worked relentlessly. They have co-ordinated various work with me; even during their summer vacations, they helped me clear all the 2014 batch certificates, mark-sheets, all these things and along with that they helped me send request letters to the companies. So, for them only, we have been able to achieve this 80 % number. All the credit is theirs.

SRADHA: Indeed, Sir ! They have been working really hard. But, sir, there is one question that bothers us. Why is there such negligible participation of girls in the placement cell ?

Dr. S.K. Pradhan Sir: We do have girls. But there is only one at present. See, we had requested all the Heads of the branches to nominate two student co-ordinators. But we haven't got a single girl co-ordinator till date. We received a name from Computer Science and Engineering branch, and we selected her. Had we got more names, we could have selected more girls. If two to three girl co-ordinators will be there, it will also be very helpful in welcoming the delegates and in many other ways that will be helpful.

SRADHA: We hope, next time, we will have more girl members and also more and better companies with better packages. Thank you sir, for talking to us and sharing such valuable information with us. We are really grateful.

[ As I extended my hand forward, he made a gentle hand-shake and then went on to shake hands with our CET_Photofactory friends. We closed the door behind us, while he went back to his files and computer. The PCs dashed into the room, shortly.] 

The team of Pen-tastics take this opportunity to offer its thankfulness as well as appreciation to our Training and Placement officer, Dr. S.K.Pradhan Sir and his team of hardworking PCs for putting such a relentless and remarkable effort for bettering the placement status of our college

The much lauded team of Placement co-ordinators
Picture Credits: CET_Photofactory

[ From the start, through the wait and during and after the interview, there were these two people, who kept taking pictures without a stop and never even once complained. And who can it be, other than the CET_Photofactory. Thank you, Kishan and Rajat for such warm cooperation, yet again.

As many as we could get hold of!
   Picture Credits: CET_Photofactory

9 out of the ten placed at Mu Sigma
Picture Credits: CET_Photofactory

[ We're trying to arrange for the picture of those who are placed at "FCS TekSystems". It will be uploaded as soon as we have it ]


  1. The placement Cell of CET is doing a great job, even with limited infrastructure and facilities. Good tht CET rising acknowledged their work.

  2. the cet placement cell is really doing a commendable job.lots of gud wishes to the placement team.it wud b gud enuf if a detaild list of d placed bachelors is published along wid der pay package.morever excerpts frm d placed bachelers if published in cet magazine wud inspire v juniors.