IITians’ dol­lar dreams stalled by Trump wall

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

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 po­lit­i­cal regime. Place­ment cells at IITs are now look­ing beyond the US for in­ter­na­tional 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 or­gan­i­sa­tions’ In­dia of­fices or are be­ing of­fered al­ter­na­tives abroad. Mi­crosoft, for in­stance, has of­fered Cana­dian po­si­tions to stu­dents. “The stu­dents are look­ing for­ward join­ing the Cana­dian of­fice soon. Though the pack­ages are not the same, most or­gan­i­sa­tions have a good rep­u­ta­tion. And they prom­ise to move stu­dents to US lo­ca­tions af­ter they com­plete a year or two, when they man­age the visas,” said an IIT-Bom­bay grad­u­ate.

A com­puter sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent from Powai cam­pus said, “Stu­dents are al­ways keen on US jobs, but many pre­fer to work for a year or two and then pur­sue higher stud­ies. If it takes more than a year to get US visas, the job lo­ca­tion is of lit­tle con­se­quence. Such stu­dents would rather choose bet­ter do­mes­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties. Get­ting stu­dent visas is eas­ier than get­ting H1B visas now.”

Older IITs, though open to invit­ing US firms, are also tread­ing cau­tiously to en­sure stu­dents do not get a raw deal. At one of the older IITs, a stu­dent who had bagged a US job quit to join another com­pany af­ter his visa ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected. “He was asked to work in the Ban­ga­lore of­fice. He was one of our batch top­pers,” said a stu­dent from that in­sti­tute. “Every­one, in­clud­ing the com­pa­nies, are a lit­tle cau­tious about the visa pol­icy in the US. Apart from the US, we are also in­creas­ingly look­ing at Euro­pean firms from Ger­many and Am­s­ter­dam who have agreed to visit the cam­pus. It is our pol­icy to reach out to every­one,” said a stu­dent co­or­di­na­tor from IIT-Kan­pur.

The place­ment cell at IIT-Bom­bay, too, in­tends to seek some as­sur­ance from US firms vis­it­ing the in­sti­tute this De­cem­ber.

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