NASSCOM signs MoU to conduct test for engineering graduates
CHENNAI:With the intention of furthering the proposal for the NACTECH (NASSCOM Assessment Compliance Technology Test), NASSCOM officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday with the ICT Academy to implement the test in the engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu.
The test will be a common entrance examination for all engineering graduates who wish to get into the top notch software companies.
The meeting was attended by officials from various engineering colleges across the State, professionals from software companies and NASSCOM officials.
The proposal to implement the test, however, has elicited mixed reactions from the heads of some reputed engineering colleges, who feel it will be yet another burden on the engineering students and may deprive them of the multiple opportunities to get into companies in case they fail to clear the test. It will be better, they say, if it is introduced first in the off-campus recruitment process.
“The time gap of one month and subsequently six months for the second attempt will put students in discomfort. During this interim period many companies would have visited campuses and the student will miss out,” says S. Vaidhyasubramaniam, dean, planning and development, Sastra University. He adds that with the test getting implemented, there is a possibility of engineering colleges channeling all resources to coach students for it, without focussing on engineering education. SRM University and the Amrita School of Engineering are among institutes that have reservations over the proposed test. The engineering heads also feel that it is necessary to engage academic institutions in the planning and implementation of such tests. S.R. Pullathotla, director of placements, VIT University says, “Nobody can stop the market forces, and companies can themselves individually decide their recruiting processes. Change for the sake of change is not acceptable.”
NASSCOM officials say they will consider the suggestions and come up with an acceptable plan for the test soon. “Around eight companies are part of it who are responsible for as much as 70-80 per cent campus placement in most big colleges,” says K. Purushottaman, regional director, NASSCOM, adding that the test will benefit students of lesser known engineering colleges by bringing them on an evaluation platform on a par with others.
The certification will help an engineering student benchmark himself against others, and certainly help his competency get recognised, says Lakshmi Narayanan, chairman, ICT Academy and vice-chairman, Cognizant Technology Solutions.
Heads of lesser known engineering colleges and company heads are however, enthusiastic about the idea. “The inclusivity of the test hopes to democratise the process to be fair to engineering graduates from all colleges. With a rapid increase in the number of colleges and engineering graduates, this transition is better for the longer run for better skilled employees,” says Ashok Bhakthavatsalam of K.G. Information System.