When the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) start campus recruitments in a few weeks, Google will only attend those at Delhi and Bombay and give the rest a miss for the first time in about a decade. Not because it doesn’t want to hire graduates from the others but the company is confident that its reputation as one of the world’s top technology companies will be enough to draw applicants from India’s premier engineering schools.
The move by Google to bypass the placement process at IITs in Kharagpur, Kanpur, Chennai, Guwahati and elsewhere clearly marks a break with tradition. It will directly hire any candidates it finds worthy without involving the schools. Such off-campus hiring is discouraged by the IITs but they didn’t have much of an option when it came to Google, except for Delhi and Bombay.
“There was an internal decision taken by the company to go the off-campus route. Most of the IITs agreed to this. But Delhi and Bombay have different processes in place,” said an IIT Delhi official.
The schools aren’t too keen on companies hiring directly because it disrupts the process for everyone else. “Students cannot sail on two boats during placements,” said the IIT Delhi official cited above.