Talking about large participation by new recruiters in the campus this year, industry relations and students' placement officer at NID Sujitha Nair said, "Of the recruiters that visited the campus this year, 40 percent are visiting the campus for the first time this year. This is a good trend which reflects that there is a growing awareness about design among companies in the country."
Nair said that the placement in the campus has been better this year and it is likely that more than 90 percent of the students who took part in the placements will get a job offer. The final figures, however, Nair said, could be confirmed next week as many recruiters are yet to respond with the final offers.
The first phase of campus placement of NID was held at its Bangalore campus on November 11 and 12, in which 30 firms participated. The placement at the Paldi campus on December 7 and 8 is the second phase.
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University placements
The first phase of the campus placements of the fifth batch of MBA students of School of Petroleum Management (SPM) at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) has concluded on Friday.
Companies like Ernst & Young, Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Larsen & Toubro, Accenture a, Infraline Energy Research and Information Services, Sabarmati Gas, Mahanagar Gas, Gujarat State Petroleum Corp, Jubilant Energy, Yes Bank, IL & FS, AF-Mercados EMI and Infosys and others participated in the recruitment.
Chairperson of corporate relations and placements at School of Petroleum Management Akash Patel said that the highest offer so far is Rs12 lakhs and the average package offered is Rs 7.38 lakhs. With around one fourth of the total number of students left to be placed, SPM will host its second phase of placement after around a week.
NID students get internships with Italian automobile firm
Three National Institute of Design students have won three-month internships with Pininfarina — an Italian automobile design firm with customers like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Rolls Royce — after winning a competition to design a possible successor of the Indian autorickshaw.
The competition was organised for NID students as part of an ongoing MoU between NID and Pininfarina that is currently in its third year. Transportation & Automobile Design students Gopal Pai, Rajib Kalita and Abhilash Sudhindran have won the contest.The theme for this year’s competition was “Taxi for India”, where students were required to conceptualise a vehicle that could succeed the auto-rickshaw.
The conceptual vehicle had to uphold the ubiquitous 3-wheeler’s simplicity, inexpensive maintenance, functionality and space efficiency. About 40 students from the design-school’s Transportation & Automobile Design (T&AD) and Product Design programmes participated in the competition.
NIFTian selected as trend forecaster for European design firm
NIFTian selected as trend forecaster for European design firm NIFT fashion management students get 100 pc placement; 60 pc got pre-placement offers. On an average, each student received 3 offers Megha Thomas, a final year Fashion Management student from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Gandhinagar, is a trend-setter. She has become one of the first students from her course for clinching the challenging job of a fashion and trend forecaster with an European firm called Promostyl, an international trend research and design agency. Prior to being offered the job of a trend forecaster with a pay package of $1,08,000 (Rs 49.24 lakh) per annum, Thomas worked as a trainee forecaster for 12 weeks with the agency’s New York office. Her take on Spring 2011 runway trends and the shopping list she drew up for New Yorkers got her this internship opportunity.
Talking about her experience, she said, “After working there for a brief while, I am really excited to join the firm. Forecasting trend and fashion at such an international level is a very different experience. I saw the creative team travelling around the world to discover and analyse the latest consumer currents and preferences. I also forecasted the Spring 2011 trends in home-fashion for a US-based company during my internship.” Job offers from Domestic market Another student, Raashi Gaur will be joining Cosmopolitan magazine as trend forecasting journalist at a salary of Rs 3.5 lakh per annum after doing a successful internship of 13 weeks. In the domestic market, the highest salary has gone to Bimlendu Prakash, who will be joining the supply chain department of Marks and Spencer at a salary of Rs 5.2 lakh net salary per annum. Multiple job offers before graduation Along with these two, most of the 35 students from the third year batch, are beaming as they have received multiple job offers before their graduation day on May 21. On an average, FMS students have three job offers in hand. These students will be working with leading retail companies, garment manufacturers, magazines, export and jewellery houses. The major recruiters this year for FMS are DR Garments (India) Ltd, Future Group, Bharatiya International, Marks and Spencer, Gini and Jony, Titan Industries and Megha Thomas, a final year Fashion Management student from NIFT Gandhinagar, has been offered the job of trend forecaster with a pay package of $1,08,000 (Rs 49.24 lakh) per annum
Gujarat-based Fibre2Fashion. Head of the department Dr Binaya Bhushan Jena said, “Fashion management students have proved to be a hit among companies. Till recently, companies preferred management students who hardly understood the fashion and textile industry. I am surprised to see that the industry’s perspective has changed.” Pre-placement offers galore “I am very happy that this year we have got cent per cent placement. Three of our students have opted out of placement as they want to be entrepreneurs. As against last year, where 25 per cent of students received pre-placement offers (PPOs), this year 60 per cent received PPOs,” he said. Cent per cent hike in pay package Compared to the last two years, there has been a rise of more than 100 per cent in average pay package. The batch, which saw a fall in average salaries by Rs 1.5 lakh in 2008 and faced a deferred final placements in 2009, has got an average salary of Rs 3.5 lakh.
Rustom Mazda : NID Student to Design For Ferrari Maker
A graduate from the National Institute of Design, Paldi has landed a job in world’s leading automobile design house Pininfarina as a consultant designer.
Rustom Mazda, who graduated from NID’s product design department in 2010, is the first NIDian to join the Italian auto-design firm which caters to auto giants such as Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar and Fiat. Talking to Minor from Turino in Italy, Rustom, who joined Pininfarina earlier this month, says, "I feel overwhelmed and honoured to be working at the ‘Mecca of auto-designing’.
I have joined Pininfarina as a consult ant transportation designer. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my career. It feels like a dream and the feeling is yet to sink in," gushes Rustom despite having to go through lengthy visa and work permit process to realise his dream.
"Hiring procedures for a non- European, especially in Italy, are a bit complicated and involves a lot of paperwork and interviews. But at the end, all the running around paid off," says Rustom who has come a long way from designing a vehicle for rural India on his NID campus to designing sleek sports cars at the prestigious Italian firm. Commenting on his job profile, he says, "As a designer at Pininfarina, I will get to work on the interior and exterior of cars ranging from Ferrari supercars to small hatchbacks. I will also have opportunities to work on other transportation systems like trains and forklifts."
"Here, even a junior designer is given opportunity to handle complete projects right from the concept and sketch phase, to physical and digital modelling. We then consult with engineers to further understand the complexities of cost and feasibility," he adds. He however, refused to dis¬close his pay package. Earlier, Rustom had interned with the design house after winning the ‘NID-Pininfarina Design Contest 2010' where he designed a compact and affordable car for rural India. During his internship, Rustom designed a sports car for Pininfarina, based on the overall package of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, reflecting Pininfarina values.
During that period, the recruitment process at Pininfarina was also in progress. Impressed with Rustom’s work, he was offered a second internship in the firm in February 2011. "I got a positive response from my seniors in July after they evaluated my internship work," says the Mumbai lad.