CHENNAI: To increase employment opportunities for students in government colleges this year, the existing placement cell in State-run institutions will be revamped.
Each government and government-aided college has a placement cell with professors as members, who will act as a bridge between students and companies, which recruit candidates every year. However, though annual placement drive was conducted in government engineering, polytechnic, arts, and science colleges, it was not on par with the private institutions.
A senior official from the Higher Education Department, seeking anonymity, told DT Next that for students to receive more job opportunities in the future, it was proposed to conduct training programmes for placement officers and principals of the colleges along with representatives of various companies.
The training will impart knowledge on bridging the gap between the needs of the industry and skills of the students. “Placement officers will also be trained to provide knowledge to students on equipping competence among them by organising internship and pre-placement training,” he added.
Accordingly, the placement cell will also make the college or university become one of the industry-preferred institutions by conducting placement drives accordingly. “After training, the cell will provide students with the best career options,” he said. “They’ll also help students with job stability and new professional avenues to discover and actualise their existing skills.”
Additionally, job fairs in the government and government-aided colleges will also be enhanced. Stating that special efforts will be taken to help students in State-run colleges find jobs after completing their course, the official said, “To facilitate more employment opportunities for students, more companies will be called for the job fair. The aim of the placement cell would be to fulfil the dreams of thousands of parents, by providing their children with the best and latest career options,” he said.