IIT girls refuse offers from Delhi companies
The capital is now regarded as the most unsafe city, the girls from IIT are refusing plum offers from companies this placement season. Gang rape case, has alarmed girls across the country. Opting out of campus placements is acceptable to girl students who've elicited a reluctance to accept job offers in the capital, during the ongoing placement exercise at IITs across the country.
According to the girl students, just a thought of working in the capital, makes them feel insecure and vulnerable. Lack of concern and the hollowness in the system is responsible for such a kind of hostile behaviour.
Saloni Gautam, a fourth year BTech student at IIT Guwahati has turned down a package of `7.5 lakh per annum from a Delhi-based company at campus placements, despite knowing that she will not be allowed to sit for interviews for other companies on the campus for doing so. "This is not the first time that a rape case has been reported in Delhi, but this incident was so horrific that it has left everybody shocked. The students on campus from Delhi share how unsafe the city has become in recent years. One of my friends lives in Vasant Vihar and she says she feels unsafe stepping out of house after sunset. Which is why I have decided to let go of the job offer. If Delhiites are so scared, how can a non-resident be sure of her safety in the city?" she asks.
IIT Guwahati student, Smriti Rai (name changed) who is waiting for her offer letter, has also made up her mind that she is going to refuse the job if she's placed in Delhi, "I have been told, I would most likely be positioned in Kolkata or Delhi. According to the policy of the institute, once selected, a candidate cannot refuse the offer and if she does, she is not allowed to sit for other company interviews. In case I am placed in Delhi, where I have no intention of joining, I will most probably opt for off campus placement."
Aditi Mantri, another BTech 4th year student at IIT Bombay shares, "I have been placed with a company for a package of `10 lakh per Annum, and will probably have to join in either Delhi or Mumbai. I hail from Chhatisgarh, so Delhi is closer to home, but I had made it clear it to the company representatives during the interview itself that I will prefer joining in Mumbai."
Pranita Padalwar, a student at IIT Kharagpur, says, "I got placed in an MNC recently, and the job requires some amount of travelling between Bangalore, Pune and some other cities, apart from foreign destinations. Thankfully, the list doesn't include Delhi!"
Parents are also not willing to allow their daughters to intern with companies in Delhi for the time being. As Neha Kanekar, B Tech 3rd year student at IIT Patna shares, "I have been giving interviews for internship. And my parents want me join some firm in Hyderabad, Bangalore or any other city in south India, but not in Delhi or NCR."
Not just the students, their parents too are worried about the safety of their daughters in Delhi. Take for instance the case of Radhika Goel, a student of BTech 4th year at IIT Bombay. "I never thought I would refuse a job offer after excelling in an interview. The company was placing me in Delhi with a package of `6 lakh per annum. When I told my dad about my placement, he straightway asked me to turn it down. And I couldn't contradict his decision knowing how unsafe Delhi has become for girls. So now, either I will appear for other interviews or go for off-campus placement," she rues.
Students who are finished with the placement exercise and are waiting for their offer letters to get a confirmation of the city they would be posted in, are also apprehensive. Avani Garg, student B Tech 4th year from IIT Kanpur is going through similar phase, "I got placed with the package of `10.4 lakh per annum in an MNC and the offer letter is expected somewhere in March or April. I have been told the location would be either Mumbai or Gurgaon. Both my parents and I want it to be Mumbai, else I might have to consider other options."
It's a loss for everyone involved. While companies in Delhi will lose out on worthy candidates, girls will have to give good career opportunities in the capital a miss since the city has earned itself the reputation of being among the most unsafe places for girls.