Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Placement Record at VIT

VIT University, Vellore (Tamil Nadu), one of India’s best-known private universities, on Sunday announced that it has created a new record in campus recruitment with IT and Consulting major Cognizant handing out job offers to 1643 students of the 2011 batch out of 2238 students that appeared for the selection process.

“This is a significant milestone in the history of the University, especially because all the students who have been made job offers are from a single campus”, said VIT Chancellor Mr. G. Viswanathan. “Cognizant has a long-standing relationship with VIT University and this is a proud moment for both of us,” the Chancellor added. The students who received job offers from Cognizant were from all branches of B.Tech., M.Tech, MCA, MS(Software Engineering) and MSc(CS).

“Now that Cognizant, one of India’s largest recruiters from campuses, has made such a high number of offers to students of the current batch, our campus placement season is off to a truly great start”, said the Chancellor, VIT University.

Earlier, at the inaugural of the campus placement season at VIT University, Mr. R. Chandrasekaran, President and Managing Director, Global Delivery, Cognizant, announced a new set of initiatives as part of Cognizant’s industry-academia collaboration program.

Mr. Chandrasekaran announced the institution of a new Cognizant–VIT Research Fellowship program that will be kicked off in 2011. VIT University and Cognizant will soon be signing a detailed MoU for the Fellowship Program after obtaining necessary approvals from both sides. “To start with, we will be handpicking four Research Scholars who will pursue their Fellowship/Research in Cognizant. At the end of their research program, based on the feedback from VIT Guides and Cognizant Co-Guides, VIT University will award a PhD degree to successful students,” he said.

He added that a Cognizant Innovation Lab will be inaugurated at VIT in the first quarter of 2011. The Innovation Lab will offer training to students in emerging areas of technology, including Open Source tools.

Mr. Chandrasekaran also announced that Cognizant Foundation, the company’s corporate social responsibility arm, will institute four scholarships for deserving and meritorious first year students of VIT. Beginning this academic season, each of the four selected students will be offered an annual scholarship of Rs.35,000 through their Graduation program.

Dr.G.Viswanathan, said that this year again, in compliance with NASSCOM’S guidelines, the large recruiters from the IT services industry have come for recruitment only in the last semester. VIT’s Placement Center have allowed core Engineering Companies and other software product companies that offered more than Rs.4.5 lakhs per annum to conduct the placement process at VIT between July 2010 and December 2010.

This year Software product companies and Consulting Companies like Amazon, Google, Cisco, eBay, Intel, HP(R&D),Commvault, McKinsey,NI, Schneider Electric, Deloitte, KlA Tencor, e –frontier, Misys, Alcatel – Lucent, Honeywell, Informatica, Capital IQ, Sapient that offered more than Rs.4.5 lakhs per annum have visited VIT for campus placements and made final and internship offers.

There has been a substantial increase in the number of core engineering companies visiting VIT this academic year. Reputed Core Companies like Ashok Leyland, TVS Motors, Sankalp,Tata Power, Reliance Power, Reliance Industries, Honda,ITC, Michelin, Telcon, MN Dastur,L&T, Murugappa, Philips,Sandvik, Schaeffler, Tata Technologies, Wheels India have recruited our students this year.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ingenium 2010 @ QuEST Global, Bangalore - Design Contest for Engineers

Ingenium2010 – a design contest for engineering colleges in India has been launched by QuEST. Ingenium 2010 is a platform where the Engineering students from colleges across India can showcase their work and compete against other outstanding engineering projects at the national level.

The competition is an event for the final year B.E./B.Tech engineers. The contest is based on the final year engineering project work in Aerospace, Industrial, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Power Generation & Production Engineering – and has a grand prize of Rs. 1 Lakh !

For more details of this contest, visit QuEST Global and click on the Contest logo or try this alternate link QuEST Ingenium 2010

QuEST Global helps customers in the Aerospace, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Industrial Products, Marine, Nuclear Engineering, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, and Transportation verticals. The company employs over 2000 engineering professionals and has delivery centers in India, Italy, Japan, Germany, France, Singapore, UK and Spain.
The top three teams will win cash prizes upto .1,00,000 , . 50,000 and . 25,000 respectively.
Deadlines for Registration and Submission of Abstracts
Online registration of teams : February 28, 2011

Submission of Abstracts : March 15, 2011
Deliverables for the competition will be sought in three stages:
a. Abstract
A 200 word abstract of the project to be submitted at the time of entry.
This must contain :
•             Description of the problem
•             Description of the design process
•             Description of the proposed solution
•             Potential benefits of the solution
b. Interim Reports
Interim Reports of the progress of the project must be submitted. Dates for submission will be informed to the participants later. These reports should contain :
•             Progress made in the preceding period (give technical details accomplished by illustrations, drawings etc)
•             Summary of achievements/issues
•             Plans for the next period
c. Final Reports
The final reports should be submitted to QuEST Global at the time of finalization of the thesis. These reports should be an extract of the thesis and cover the following:
•             Summary of the project
•             Achievements against objectives that were set out
•             Technical details covering the project
•             Issues/challenges faced
Rush your entries folks ! ! ! 

A day at my alma mater, Vellore Institute of Technology (by Palani)

It’s been long time that I have got up from bed before the sunrise. But today, my day started at 5:00 AM as I preparing myself to head to my alma mater, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), but not as her student or ex-student but as one of the interview panelist from Cognizant. I was all excited and I don’t think there is any excuse why I should not be. 6 years back, I was recruited from the same campus by the same Cognizant. When the day started, I had all the old memories of me attending campus interview, my professors like Narayanan sir, Gokul sir etc advising us and mentoring us on how we should carry ourselves. Thank God, I was able to meet up to their expectations.

Today I’m fortunate to represent my Cognizant for my alma mater. With all that excitement I walked down to the road where Toyota Innova was waiting for me along with two of my other colleagues. The vehicle rushed through the National Highways road Chennai - Bangalore and with just one coffee break in between, we reached VIT by 8:30 AM. We got down at the campus Guest house and had an excellent breakfast, no wonder Quality has always been way of life at VIT be in food or infrastructure or any service. The same kind of attention which they gave when I saw my college as a student, not a nano point level has been decreased from what I received today as a corporate person. After the breakfast, I had a chance to meet my professors Narayanan and Gokul, the same professors who advised me for my interview. Being a product from VIT myself, can you expect my quality to go down as well? With the same humbleness which I greeted them years back for 4 continuous years, the same humbleness I carried when I saw them today and it made me feel good.

We had to wait for some time in the lobby of the guest house after breakfast. Within few minutes, after getting information on the venue of the interview room, we had to take the cab and again go through the college to the Hostel H block, 4 storey magnificent building where the interview was planned to be conducted. I could see 100s of students waiting outside the H block hostel with the same expression in the face as any college kids attending interview first time in the life would have. I could see their earnest preparation in the way they looked at us walking down to the hostel from the car. This time, as a panelist I also took effort from my side to prepare myself for interview. Unlike the students, I personally believe even the panelist need to prepare before they conduct interviews. During my morning journey from Chennai to Vellore, I mentally prepared myself to be warm and kind to the candidates than being intelligent, to be accommodative and listening than demanding, to be nice and polite but not compromising on the values and objective of the interview. I repeated this often in my mind as a self assertion and I think I did some good job. The previous day one of my good friend also advised me to be nice to the kids and give them enough consideration. She said they are just kids and treat them the way I was treated while attending interview. I reminded myself about it.

Already we had 15 panelists interviewing the candidates. Our HR Chandana greeted us upon our arrival and thanked us in advance for having come down on a Sunday. We were then taken to one of the hostel rooms in H block and were given a quick debrief about the interview. Soon we were all set to join other panelists for interview. Each of them was given a room to interview the candidates. Relaxing on the seat, I took the first resume and gave a quick glance and immediately started with my job. By noon I could complete close to 10 students without any break and I wanted to finish off soon for myself and for the students. I just asked questions from the basic subjects but my focus was on how they communicate, their passion for articulating their answers, the way the approach the questions instead of beating with too many technical questions. Every time when I had to decide on selection, the only question that I asked my self was “Can I take him or her as part of my team?” because I always wanted my team to be “A” team and nothing less or nothing more.

As time went on, I could sense I was losing my self assertion was got a sense that I was making it tough for them. One of the gal got really tensed and was about to break, that I realized that as a speed breaker for me and took a break for 10 minutes going down and taking a walk around the hostel campus where once I lived and breathed for all 4 years. When I came back, the memories brought me enough strength.

Afternoon we went to down for an exotic buffet lunch. I had a quick chat with other colleagues and expressed on our views of the students. Though the students were asked to break for lunch, I could see many not wanting to go for lunch until they complete their interview. Soon we all went back to continue our days duty. We had close to 400+ students and by lunch we had already complete 75%, so the afternoon session was little relaxed.

The form provided by Cognizant for the candidates to fill their interview notes was something interesting that I would love to highlight. I know when we would all would have been at that age, even we would have expressed our thoughts in the same manner. Some of them looked sweet and cute that I couldn’t help but not stop smiling. Few of them:

One of the candidates had this Long term plan- “To become CEO of the Cognizant in 3 years.” (Frank! Beware you have a competition now.)

One other candidate wrote about what is the expectation from Cognizant? To have more office across India

And even there were touching moments – one of the candidate I guess who has been working hard for his family and also studying wrote that his plan for joining Cognizant was to build a home for his mom in next 3 years. I sincerely wish he builds one!

Fact which I was surprised was, when I asked this question to many of them just to know what made them look forward to Cognizant and impressed them a lot, 95% of the candidates said it was the emotional touch Cognizant gave with respect to service to society for orphanages and village schools and social service, through Cognizant Outreach program. The video showed in debrief for the students had a clipping of Cognizant Outreach team helping the society for better. I’m so proud that brought a huge impact to these students other than Cognizant being in top 5 global IT service providers.

By the time we completed it was almost 3:30 PM and we came out tired and satisfied having completed days work with complete dedication. Me and my colleagues, we did a quick chat having coffee and soon got into the cab thanking the HR and complimenting each other. It was a good day and within few minutes I dozed off in the Toyota like sleeping in my bed. We reached Chennai by 6:30 and after I came back home, I had a hot shower and did a prayer thanking for the opportunity to be at my alma mater! Life is Beautiful!