As a response to the economic slowdown in this era of the pandemic, the placement cell of Delhi University(DU) suffers a major setback. A small fraction of 138 students have been placed until now. The core placement cell of DU had done a commendable job of placing 1160 students last year by this time. DU’s aim to place around 2500 students in 2020 received a massive disappointment. COVID-19 pandemic is held responsible for all the hindrances offered.
Late examinations and recruitment
Graduating final years students had to adopt the new OBE examination type. However, the students were not comfortable with this new system at all. The crisis led to a postponed examination season which was supposed to be completed by June. This eventually delayed the placement process. Several students are still undergoing the examination process and hence this whole procedure will come to an end only by October. Late examinations also served as a reason for non-recruitment. Also, the hiring process is a long and tedious one which could undergo via online means.
Crisis and setback faced by colleges
• Miranda house’s annual highest package fell from 20 lakhs to 18 lakhs this year. Although, the average rose from 6 lakh per annum to 7.33 lakh per annum. Ishika Bhatia, President of the placement cell made a remark of passive offers in the months of March-May.
• Shri Ram College of Commerce(SRCC)- Package average during May-June was 6.77 lakh as compared to last year’s 8.4 lakh. However, the highest offer remained to 31 lakh per annum. Simrit Kaur, the principal made a statement to negotiate with companies for students who were denied jobs.
• Lady Shri Ram College(LSR) – The highest package fell to 30 lakh per annum against the 37.5 lakh of the last year.
• St. Stephen’s College- The highest package rate fell from 29lakh per annum to 26 lakh per annum. However, the average remained the same.
Effects of the pandemic
The corona crisis led to an elongated lockdown period. Indian economy received a tremendous blow due to the steep fall in the GDP. People are loosing jobs and no job opportunities are made available. Their is a sharp rise in the graph of unemployment. However the top colleges have been able to maintain their annual average recruitment and the highest paying placement had been the same. Graduating students will get one more opportunity for placements after the lockdown.