Bhubaneswar: The student community is among the worst-hit in the Covid-19 pandemic. Responding swiftly to the challenge, KIIT Deemed to be University is the first university in the country to start online classes for its 30,000 students in 50 countries right from the beginning of the lockdown. KIIT has smoothly conducted all academic processes like examinations, convocation, seminars, workshops, etc. on virtual mode due to its good technology and high internet bandwidth. KIIT was founded in 1992 as a modest vocational training centre by eminent educationist and social activist Prof. Achyuta Samanta. However, it was opened as a centre of higher learning in 1997, which is considered as the base year. The first batch of degree engineering students passed out in 2001. KIIT is known for its very successful track record in campus placement since its inception. Maintaining the trend, it achieved excellent campus placement for the 2019-20 graduating batch.
Despite the prevailing pandemic situation, the university is on track to achieve record campus placement for its 2020 – 21 passing out batch also. The process, which commenced online from May, has already resulted in the placement of about 80% eligible students of the Schools of Technology (SOT) of KIIT Deemed to be University. Shaking off Covid-19 gloom, as many as 140 companies have visited online for campus placement for the 2021 passing out batch generating 4000 plus job offers. Over 2500 Schools of Technology (SOT) students have already been placed in different national and multinational companies with 1600 students getting multiple job offers. They have bagged job offers with high pay packages of Rs. 30 lakh, Rs. 24 lakh and Rs. 19 lakh, while the average salary is Rs. 6 lakh.
‘Day Zero’ dream campus drive alone resulted in the placement of top 35% students by MNCs. As many as 16 companies offered CTC of Rs. 10 lakh or more. ‘Day-One’ campus recruitment drive generated 1800 plus job offers from four companies: Accenture, Cognizant, Capgemini & Wipro. With visits by many more companies in the pipeline, KIIT is set to achieve placement of all remaining students by April 2021. “Even during the lockdown due to global pandemic, KIIT authorities have worked hard to bring companies on virtual mode and place the students”, said Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS.
Even though the campus placements are being conducted online, KIIT has bettered its record compared to the last academic session. Campus placement in KIT School of Management and KIIT School of Law has recently started and it is hoped that these two Schools will also achieve cent percent success like every year. Parents and students are very happy over the placement achievement in KIIT. After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, parents and guardians of students had become disheartened about the future of their children, particularly in terms of campus placement. However, against all odds, KIIT has been ensuring very good campus placement for its 2020-21 graduating batch. It has been possible due to the leadership of its founder Prof. Achyuta Samanta, who has ensured a strong branding of KIIT in the corporate world and an exceptionally proactive Training & Placement Cell.
Besides a truly world-class infrastructure, KIIT’s focus on quality academics and research are reflected in its accreditation in high grades by various national and international accreditation bodies. It has been recognized as an ‘Institution of Eminence’ by the Govt. of India. It is accredited by NAAC in ‘A’ Grade and by NBA in Tier 1 (Washington Accord) for engineering streams. Its B.Tech programmes have also got the coveted Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK accreditation. KIIT has been ranked 1st among self-financing institutions of India in the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020, an annual ranking by the Govt. of India. It is the winner of ‘Awards Asia 2020’ in the category ‘Workplace of the Year’ by the Times Higher Education (THE). KIIT also has impressive positions in national and global rankings like NIRF, Times Higher Education (THE), QS and many others.