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DU: Central placement cell places only 138 students this year.

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As the ongoing pandemic affected almost every sphere possible, the recruitment process at DU couldn’t remain aloof as well. The university’s central placement cell, which placed over 1,160 students last year, was able to place only 138 students this year. Hena Singh, the in-charge of the placement cell, said this was due to the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Singh said “We had planned to hold recruitments for over 2,500 students as we had tied up with several companies that were interested in bulk recruitments. But the hiring process involved the conduction of large-scale tests something that could not be done online. Also, the delay in announcing the results of final-year students impacted the numbers.”

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“We have been getting proposals for holding recruitments again and it may start again. Since the COVID-19 crisis has given rise to an unprecedented situation, graduating students should be given another chance and we will be holding discussions on what can be done,” Singh added.

At Miranda House, the highest annual package this year was Rs.18 lakh per annum as compared to Rs.20 lakh per annum last year. The average package, however, rose from Rs.6 lakh per annum to Rs.7.33 lakh per annum. SRCC released its recruitment report on Tuesday, the highest offer its students received this year was Rs.31 lakh per annum; the same as last year. The average package this year stood at Rs.8.4 lakh per annum — a jump of Rs. 2 lakh per annum from last year.

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At Lady Shri Ram College for Women, the highest package stood at Rs.30 lakh per annum this year and the average package stood at Rs.9.4 lakh per annum. Last year, the highest package offered was Rs.37.8 lakh per annum.

The highest package at St Stephen’s College last year was Rs. 29 lakh per annum, this year the number dropped to Rs. 26 lakh per annum. The average base pay recorded a marginal difference of Rs.10.25 lakh per annum this year.

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Hindu College’s average salary increased by Rs. 1 lakh per annum from last year.

The declined placement count can also be attributed to the fact that generally exams for final-year students get over by May or June but this year, in wake of the pandemic, and a subsequent change in the exam pattern, several exams are still ongoing for a section of students and the results of all students are expected only by October or November.

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