There have been repeated postponements in the final semester examinations of the Delhi University’s Online Open book Examination (OBE). This delay in exams and the uncertainty still prevailing on it has put students at a very great disadvantage and has created problems for students who were offered placements form different companies. They are now unable to join their jobs and are in a situation where they have to negotiate with the recruiters.
A final year student of B.Com (Honours) from Shri Ram College Of Commerce who had got placement in a major consultancy firm and was supposed to join in June but couldn’t. The student shared that when the OBE was first scheduled after the first lockdown, they had told their recruiters that they will join after exams and the recruiters even agreed to push back our date of joining. And now the exams were postponed again.
The open book exams (OBE) for the final semester were supposed to commence from July 1 but were subsequently postponed to July 10 and now they are even further postponed to August 10. In the usual scenario, DU final year students are done with exams in the month of May.
In fact this postponement of exams has resulted in a situation where students cannot join the work even if they wish to.
Hindu college’s placement cell said that a good part of the recruiter is stringent and has said that they will take only graduates for work hence the students need to possess their final mark sheets before they join. The cell further added that they too were able to give only an estimated timeline for the results for now hence they have asked till mid-September.
A Miranda House’s representative shared that some recruiters have even redrawn their joining timeline. one of their recruiters hired for graduates who can teach and then they are taken to Gujarat. Since that was not possible hence the joining timeline was shifted to December/ January and MOUs have been signed-in which it was stated that the candidates may work with the other organizations till then.
That representative further added that although the placement process has been pushed back but still it hasn’t come to a halt. She shared that the packages have reduced from an average of 8-10 lakhs to 6-8 lakhs. There are no high-end companies offering high positions approaching them currently but still, the recruitment process is on with the smaller companies even through the lockdown.
Hindu college’s representative shared that this delay is even impacting the next placement drive. They also added that as most of the recruiters were from finance and consulting so they weren’t hit that hard that they need to revoke the offers. Although they are not able to start a new cycle of recruitment with firms and they have not been able to honor their existing offers. They said that it would affect and impact the batch of 2021 adversely.
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