Japanese automaker withdraws offers given to 18 engineer students

Japanese automaker withdraws offers given to 18 engineer students


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown have started reflecting in the job offers of engineering students. A Japanese automaker that gave offer letters to 18 students at College of Engineering, Trivandrum informed the candidates about their inability to honour the offer letter.

According to sources, the automaker reached out to each candidate and college authorities, explaining their predicament following the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the students selected by the company said that the firm told him that its business went awry due to the pandemic and it would be better for him to pursue other opportunities.

But, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services reiterated their resolve to honour the offers given to final-year engineering students, said sources close to the developments. A few other companies reached out to students and placement officers asking if students, who were offered jobs, will be able to join their training programme after the second week of July.

However, placement officers and academicians said the answer would depend on when the technological university will be able to conduct final semester exams and announce the results. In usual circumstances, BTech results would be out by the second week of July.

UGC and AICTE have issued detailed guidelines, as per which universities are free to take a liberal call on the conduct of exams and its valuation in the light of the pandemic. However, there is no consensus in academic circles and political corridors over what course of action universities should take while conducting final semester exams. The final exams cannot be postponed indefinitely as it would affect career prospects and higher studies of 8th semester BTech students.

“Universities can either decide to whittle down the number of modules prescribed for 8th semester and conduct exams. But, a good number of colleges – especially those in government and government-aided sector – haven’t completed the portions which were supposed to be covered by March. Citing the same, a section of academics demand that exams should be conducted only after compensating at least a portion of the teaching days lost to the pandemic,” said an academic on condition of anonymity, adding that unless universities and government took steps to conduct exams by June or July first week, it will add to the woes of final year students.

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