Truth versus Hype: Kashmir University’s Placement Cell is a mere distraction

The business school of Kashmir University is one of the most discussed departments of the famed institution-especially the department’s placement cell. If we go by the news, either the department has a very functioning and efficient placement cell which places students in big multinational companies or it is  non descript,-barely functioning on the favors o0f HDFC/JK bank (as per the students). The powers at the school in its brochure claim that they get recruitment visits from almost all blue chip Indian companies and most of their students are recruited. When asked about the claims of the students they say these are the fringe elements –the proverbial black sheep who despite the no-stone-left-unturned-hard-work of the “acclaimed” professors could not get a job. While as the student’s claim that these recruitment drives never happen and the recruitments the department boasts of are either a relic of the past or imaginary. The students claim that the brochure of the department is misleading and they were “tricked” into joining the said department. So what is the truth? As some news channel would say the nation wants to know? Are people really being recruited or is the department a big old lie? 

The truth is that the placement cell is pathetic and purposeless.

But were the students misled? Were they hook winded into joining the department? Perhaps that is now true. 

The brochure does indeed boast of such things which are not totally believable but I as a former student of the department may be a little biased for I hate the department.  But that is what every department of every institute says-That they have the best recruitment cell. I mean a private university like LPU claims to have the highest job placements in north India. So we can’t blame the school for printing that in the brochure. And it is true. I mean if I tomorrow became the CEO of Google they will print it in their magazine that the new CEO of Google is an Alumina. They have the right to say so if it actually happens. If students get jobs in blue chip companies with or without the help of the department (mostly without the help of the department) the department has the right to boast about it in its magazine.  The department does have to market itself as a leader or who will apply there.

And whenever any dewy eyed prospecting student asks me or any of the other students or Alumina of the school we immediately tell him not to apply there. And the current or former students repeatedly vent out their frustration against the department on social media and print media. So why do students go to the department and are happy for the course of their programme but claim to be hook winded when they find no company to take them.

And we as the students know it. For the two or five years we are in the department , we are usually engaged in distractions which the school amply provides. And we remain happy in them. We forget about the future or the past and about the present. As some of the students claim we are living in the moment. We forget where we came from and what we came to do or who we are. I am not going to name the distractions but we all know what it is.

When a new dewy eyed student newly out of college or higher secondary sees the distractions well there is no way he is not going to enrol in the department. He is oblivious to all the problems he is going to face in the future. He is oblivious to the quality of the “acclaimed” faculty and the performance of the “efficient” placement cell. He is in heaven. 

I am generalizing too much here. There are students who join the department for other reasons too. Some do it because it is their last resort or some do it to escape peer pressure. I am yet to meet one who did it because he liked management. But most of those guys get sucked into the mire of distractions as well. And when D-Day comes we cry and whine because we don’t have a job. I ask a better question. Do we deserve a Job? I believe the students that deserve the job will get it. The students who whine do not deserve. But that is just one man’s opinion.


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