IIT Delhi registers a robust placement in non-traditional disciplines

IIT Delhi has recorded more than a 10% increase in placement for M.Tech students. Job offerings in some non- traditional and interdisciplinary streams have galloped this year in the placement terrain, with some even recording cent percent recruitment.

While traditional disciplines of engineering like Computer Science and Electrical Engineering have, like previous years, registered a near cent percent placements, interdisciplinary streams like Energy Studies, Industrial Tribology (ITMMEC), Atmospheric Oceanic Sc. & Technology and Opto-Electronics and Optical Communication have also seen a buoyant placement this year.

While Energy Studies, an interdisciplinary stream having courses spanning electrical engineering, physics and mechanical engineering, has registered a near cent percent placement; other interdisciplinary areas have also mapped a vibrant placement trajectory.

As many as 202 M.Tech students were placed this year as against 183 last year through T&P processes. Undergraduate placements including the five years integrated course pegged at 540. A maximum of 273 placements went to the core (technical) category followed by 187 and 133 placements in the IT and analytics sectors respectively.

Prof Manju Mohan, Professor , Center for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences maintains that this area of study has now become important as the subject areas in this discipline is touching the day-to-day lives of the people like never before so much so that government bodies, regulatory authorities, industries, research institutions, NGOs and others are putting their act together in an effort to accelerate the pace to find solutions to real life problems and consequently opportunities in this field are also growing.

“Interdisciplinary areas pertaining to Renewable Energy is drawing significant attention from different stake holders. Industries which work in this arena are getting a huge support from government as well. Our (CES) courses are definitely ready to cater this industrial surge which is making the recruitment drive to reach such a level where most of our students are placed in reputed organization during last academic year (2017-18), “says Prof K Ravi Kumar and Prof Dibakar Rakshit who looks after Placements in Energy Studies.

Shivam Garg, a student placed from Industrial Tribology and Maintenance Engineering stream feels that the trend is fundamentally because of industrial demand for knowledge in an interdisciplinary domain. “Industry today expects that a candidate must have knowledge of more than one domain. Companies are therefore preferring those branches where people are capable of handling and solving problems related to multiple domains”

Agrees Jhalak Mittal another student from a non-traditional area. 'At the time of joining an interdisciplinary program like optoelectronics and optical communication, I was told that the placement here is satisfactory. The work culture here is the combination of physics, optics, electronics and communication. Almost everyone of our batch was placed in good companies of core electronics and IT with a good package. Overall, it was a good experience doing M Tech under such a program which gave us indepth knowledge of more than one specific field.'

Over 950 job offers (including PPOs) were received with many bagging multiple job offers. 36 students got selected for opportunities abroad. Approximately 89.6% students who availed T&P services got placed through T&P. The remaining opted for higher studies / research or are preparing for civil services or are working on their own startup ideas or got jobs through their own contacts / efforts.

IIT Delhi as a policy has decided not to mention high-value packages in their placement related press releases. It is felt that undue publicity to packages have the effect of devaluing national placements over international placements as well as core jobs over finance and consulting jobs.