Dol­lar dreams of IITians stalled, fo­cus shifts to EU, Ja­pan, S’pore

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Yogita.Rao@ times­

Mum­bai: Dol­lar dreams of some IITians who had bagged US of­fers from soft­ware gi­ants in De­cem­ber 2016 are yet to ma­te­ri­alise. Thanks to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­view of the visa pol­icy, some of the best minds in the coun­try who had bagged crore-plus of­fers are now set­tling for lesser place­ments.

While firms are try­ing their best to get IIT grad­u­ates on board as promised, many on cam­pus are wary of US of­fers in the up­com­ing place­ment sea­son. The num­ber of US of­fers had, in any case, dropped to sin­gle dig­its at lead­ing IITs last De­cem­ber af­ter the change in the coun­try’s regime. Place­ment cells at IITs are now look­ing be­yond the US for in­ter­na­tion- al pro­files. Ja­pan, Tai­wan, Canada, Sin­ga­pore and some Euro­pean coun­tries have be­gun to rise in stu­dents’ pref­er­ence list.

Very few IIT grad­u­ates who were of­fered jobs last year have started work in the US. The re­main­ing have joined the or­ga­ni­za­tions’ In­dia of­fices or are be­ing of­fered al­ter­na­tives abroad.

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