Scrutinizing the Survey – Placement Leaves
Aug 10, 2015 | Andrew Jose Ignatius Milton
The Training and Placement Cell is one of the most important bodies in any institute of higher learning. Many educational critics and independent reviewers use placement stats as an important factor to judge an institute’s ranking amongst its peers. This is especially true as placements are now considered to be the nucleus of elite educational institutions. The epilogue of four years at the institute endows an opportunity to the ‘worthy populace’ to bag a job for them, which is the endgame of most engineering students.
The latest change in policy of the Training and Placement cell to reduce the number of leaves from 18 to twice the number of credits of the course has sparked a controversy and intense debate within the student body, especially among the students in their final and pre-final years.
The opinions of the NITR populace were recorded in last week’s poll through the question, ‘The number of leaves for placement purposes has been reduced to six in this academic section. Do you think this move is justified?’
The chunk of the populace who feel that yes; this move was required, make up 19% of the voters. They agree with the Senate’s decision that the sanctioned leave has left the final year classes nearly empty and that the academic policy of the institute is being disrupted due to the high number of placement leaves. They argue that almost 40% of the classes being given official leave cripples the scholastic development of a student. They feel that they are well equipped to not be put-off by this change in policy, but rather are adaptive enough to gauge which companies actually fit their profile and accordingly apply.
However a major portion of the voters, standing at a vast majority of 74%, say that no; the number of leaves is not sufficient. They do not agree with the Senate’s decision. They wish to remind that a finite number of leaves did not exist as a policy until the last couple of years. Now that the number of leaves has been shortened to a very low amount, these students fear that they would not be able to secure a placement of their choice, since they feel there would not be enough time to both attend placement interviews and classes within the semester. Other concerns are those of volunteers of various institutional organizations, who feel that they would be unable to juggle academics and placements with their other responsibilities due to the dwindling time periods now apportioned to them.
Finally, about 7% of the voting populace remain indifferent toward the issue, stating ‘It doesn't affect me.’ Perhaps these voters are not cognizant of the issue or have not foreseen to see the issues that may come up with such a change in policy. Or perhaps they have already anticipated the scenario which would spring up and planned their schedules accordingly. Either way, these voters have taken a neutral stance on the subject.
This pie chart screams out loud the dissatisfaction amongst the students regarding the change in policy of leaves. The high demand for increasing the number of placement leaves is apparent from last week’s poll. However, this is a new policy that has been instated by the institution and only time will tell what the future holds.