BENGALURU: The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), which controls 201 engineering colleges in Karnataka, will have exclusive placement interviews for girls. The varsity has collaborated with multinational companies for the initiative. The placement season begins soon.
VTU vice-chancellor H Maheshappa told TOI the university has completed a first round of talks with the companies. “After this, we will finalize the number of firms that will be on board.”
According to VTU, private firms have been informed that women engineers are more committed to work, and their ability to learn on the job is high. Compared to girls, boys change jobs more frequently. “We learnt this during our discussions with the companies,” the VC said. IBM may conduct the placement interviews in Bengaluru on February 6 and 8.
A VTU officer said IBM last year conducted a similar interview at Mangaluru’s Sahyadri College of Engineering and Management.
Students in smaller cities and towns don’t get a chance to participate in the MNCs’ placement drives because these companies do not visit their colleges. To bridge this gap, VTU has established a centralized placement cell where students can take up an online test on VTU’s website. Those who crack the test will be sent to colleges where MNCs conduct campus interviews.