The placements at School of Communications & Management Studies, Cochin (SCMS-COCHIN) saw all-round growth this year, both in terms of packages and the number of companies visiting its campus. Industry has given a decisive thumbs-up to one of the top B-schools in South India, with more than 50 companies from Manufacturing, IT, Banking, Financial services, Insurance, Media, Retail, FMCG, Consultancy and Market research flocking to the campus, both from India and abroad.
The average compensation package ranged between Rs. 4- 5.5 lakhs per year. The top corporations amongst the 53 Companies that recruited from SCMS-COCHIN this year included Vodafone, Deloitte, Castrol, ICICI Securities, HDFC Bank, IDBI Bank, Al Essa Group (Kuwait), Madura Fashion and Lifestyle, Wipro BPO, Madras Cements, Thomas Cook, Airtel, British Paints, ITC, Coca Cola, Catholic Syrian Bank, SBI, Kotak Mahindra, IOB, Café Coffee Day and IDBI.
“At SCMS-COCHIN, the placement season starts well in advance. By the time it does, students have not only completed their internships, but have had enough time to discuss and clear all the doubts that would’ve arisen during their respective SIPs, with the faculty and peers in the class,” says Mr. George Joseph, Manager Corporate Relations and part of the placement cell. “SCMS-COCHIN has corporate relations officers based in all major cities across India, who liaise continually with the human resources heads of all major corporations, ensuring that they have a smooth visit to the institute for on-campus recruitment.”
SCMS-COCHIN follows a completely transparent placement process, with corporate recruiters sending the desired job profiles and compensation packages to the institute. SCMS-COCHIN, in turn, shares the information with students. Interested students then register and indicate their preference with the placement department.
“This system works well to the advantage of both the student and the recruiting firm,” says Aditya Patil, a student of the 2012 batch, who has been placed with a top-notch firm. “Rather than run after every opportunity, we can channelise our energy into cracking the organisation in which we are genuinely interested. Organisations, of course, do not have to go through the entire batch – but only the truly interested – when they arrive on campus for the interviews.”
All students, whether registered for a particular company or not, attend the Pre-Placement Talk (PPT) given by the company. This is in keeping with the ethos of the SCMS-COCHIN academic council, which looks upon the placement process as an extension of the institution’s pedagogy.
“We believe in letting students gather as much information as possible from the visiting corporations,” observes Professor Pramod Thevannoor, Director SCMS Group. “Profiles of the registered students are shared with the corporation’s HR department, and the short-listed students are presented to the recruiters. But by allowing other students, not interested in a particular organisation, to be at the Pre-Placement talk given by the company concerned, we let the future managers get an overall feel of the market and how organisations think and behave in the world today. It is something that they will gain from in the long run.”
Over the years, SCMS-COCHIN students have gained placements in high-end firms and its alumni occupy enviable posts in India and abroad. Fully aware of this, SCMS-COCHIN has often acknowledged the contribution of its fantastic alumni body in its growth story.