Higher salary packages this year at IIT-Gandhinagar
The average pay package for the BTech graduates at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) rose to Rs. 7.2 lakh from Rs. 6.2 lakh, recording a growth of one lakh rupees. The BTech students of the 2009 batch (graduating in 2013) are the second in line to graduate from IIT-Gn.
IIT-Gn started in 2008 with its first batch getting the highest pay package of Rs. 10.8 lakh per annum which was offered by ONGC, which further increased to Rs. 12.8 lakh per annum offered by the same company this year.
Infosys hired the maximum number of students from IIT-Gn. Companies such as Honda, Volvo, Flipkart, Texas Instruments, Eicher Motors and ONGC also hired IIT-Gn engineers. “The numbers are really encouraging. Despite being a newer IIT, we have done well compared to other new IITs,” said Achal Mehra, dean, strategic planning, IIT-Gn.
A total of 104 BTech students and 10 MTech students graduated from IIT-Gn this year. Out of the 104 BTech students only 66 opted for placements from campus, and 60 got placed. Last year, 89 BTech students, comprising the first batch, graduated from IIT-Gn.
The amount of foreign exposure during the four-year engineering course has also increased by more than 10 per cent. Compared to 25 per cent last year, nearly 36 per cent of graduating BTech students in 2013 had an opportunity to go abroad. These students did internships, presented papers and worked on projects in foreign institutes like California Institute of Technology and Underwriters Laboratories in Chicago among others.
IIT-Gn will hold its second convocation on Monday. Professor Anil Kakodkar, Homi Bhabha chair professor at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre will be the guest of honour for the ceremony and will distribute degrees and medals to the students. “Foreign exposure helps us understand work style and opportunities in different parts of the world. It also motivates us to do better,” said Shubham Agarwal who interned at Syracuse University in New York last year.
“The institute has been able to provide foreign exposure to almost one-third of the student body. With each batch, students will feel more motivated to get the best opportunities,” said Mehra.