Despite the widespread industry slowdown due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain Covid-19, campus placement at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) has been phenomenal this year. More than 150 companies offered 3,650 jobs for a batch size of 3,500 B.Tech students as on 5 February 2020, with around 1,100 students getting multiple job offers. The highest offer was of Rs 30 lakh package offered by Amazon.
About 16 companies offered Rs 10 lakh and 79 companies offered Rs 5 lakh package. There were over 450 academic placements in all. KIIT was founded in 1992 as a modest vocational training centre by eminent educationist and social activist Prof Achyuta Samanta. However, it was opened as a centre of higher learning in 1997, which is considered the base year. The first batch of degree engineering students passed out in 2001.
Remarkably, 27% students bagged “Day Zero” dream offers from big multinational companies with an average CTC of Rs 10 lakh. “Day-One” campus recruitment drive generated 1,714 job offers from four companies: Accenture, Capgemini, Wipro and Cognizant. According to experts, KIIT had an excellent “Day One” and “Day Zero” conversions amid bleak job market scenario.
They also believe that the university is able to achieve excellent placement due to its student-centric culture, which ensures holistic development of students’ personality slong with their domain knowledge. Innovative teaching-learning system is driven by a highly qualified and competent team of faculty, drawn from institutions of repute in India as well as abroad. “We have 2,500 faculty members who impart rigorous curriculum and provide access to varied learning opportunities and hands-on research,” a senior KIIT functionary said.