Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 10:
Pouring cold water on the aspirations of thousands of technical, management and pharmacy graduates in the state, the Employment and Technical Education and Training (ET&T) department of the Odisha government today decided to postpone the four-day special recruitment drive scheduled to be held here from September 17.
Though there was no formal announcement about the postponement, sources in the department confirmed that a decision to defer the job fair had indeed been taken at a high level meeting chaired by ET & T minister Sanjay Dasburma here today.
The recruitment drive would now be held in November-December, sources in the department told OST.
The deferment has been forced as much by the overwhelming response of the students as by the less than enthusiastic response of the companies, the sources said. A staggering 35, 000 candidates had already registered themselves for the fair at last count notwithstanding the numerous problems faced in accessing the designated website.
According to sources, the job fair had to be deferred as the ill prepared department never expected such an overwhelming response from the students, who have been thronging the website to register their names to participate in the recruitment drive.
But with thousands of technical degree holders in desperate search for jobs, it is difficult to understand how the authorities failed to foresee the rush to register for the fair. “They should have seen it coming. If they did not, it means they have no idea of the ground realities,” said someone closely involved with the exercise.
Asked about the reasons for the postponement at this late stage, when the fair is just a week away, an official came up with this lame explanation. “Four days’ time would not be enough for the large number of candidates registering. In any case, the proposed venue Kalinga Stadium cannot accommodate all of them. A large place is required to conduct the job fair. We would decide on it at a later date.”
If the Kalinga Stadium is not big enough to hold the event, one wonders where on earth can the government find a larger venue that would accommodate all the aspirants, unless of course it is planning to hold it at some place outside Bhubaneswar.
The real reason for the deferment, according to sources, is the lack of interest among companies to participate in the recruitment drive. Only a handful of them have evinced interest in taking part so far. The government backed out because it did not want to cut a sorry figure and create a situation where there are too many aspirants chasing too few jobs.
The wrath that such a situation is sure to cause in aspirants, whose expectations had been raised sky high following the bragging by the government that 300 ‘top notch’ companies would participate in the fair, is another reason that forced the department to retrace its steps, the sources said.
Despite repeated attempts by OST, the minister, the secretary or the BPUT vice chancellor were not available for comments on the last minute deferment.
B Tech, M Tech, MCA, MBA and Pharmacy graduates were to participate in the job fair.