A Helping Hand—Student Council’s e-Grievance Cell for Placement and Internships

Despite the unprecedented times, another academic year has concluded, and students await their results while trying to adapt to the new normal. The pandemic brings a lot of uncertainty along with it in terms of how things would pan out during the next semester, but students have found a way to work around it by working on an online mode for internships, courses, and even exams. The sixth-semester and fourth-semester students have started gearing up for placements and internships respectively, which will take place during the next semester.

As the semesters passed by, each student built up their skillset and strived to put forward their best at the interviews during placement. The Sensitisation Talk, along with placement guidelines and statistics, has been made available on Microsoft Teams, only to the Batch of 2017-2021 as this information is sensitive and can not be disclosed. These have given the students a clearer idea of how the entire process will be carried out. Although thorough guidance is being provided from the college’s end, many doubts related to the intricacies of each step in the process are bound to arise. This is where the Student Council’s e-Grievance Cell for Placement and Internships steps in. This cell, which is handled by the Placement Secretaries of MITSC, was formed on 31st January 2020 after being approved by the Administration Of Industry Liaison, Placements, and Practice School. It is a forum which addresses queries and provides a quick and smooth redressal to any grievances which are raised by the students. Such a platform has become a necessity when students may not be able to reach out to their mentors or teachers for guidance.

From confusions related to the placement guidelines and eligibility criteria, information about the Industrial Training Program, to preparing for the on-campus recruitment, any doubts can be mailed to [email protected]. Students can expect a response within one to two hours for specific and crucial queries and within a day or two for general questions related to the process.

“From my experience of coordinating with over 30 companies and assisting them in the Placement Process, before being elected as the Placement Secretary, I had noticed that several students were unaware of certain important Placement guidelines and criteria. Moreover, whenever they had any issue or faced any problem, they would have to hassle between the department and the Placement Cell which adds up to unnecessary stress and unreasonable chaos during the crucial time of recruitment. Thus, I created the e-grievance cell with a vision to mitigate such problems and hence contributing to a smooth process.” said Harish Pawar, Placement Secretary, MITSC.

Many students have reached out to the e-grievance cell for the Placement statistics for the year 2019-2020, enquiries related to shortlisting by companies, and updates related to summer internships and have received concise and timely responses for the same. During the lockdown, it helped students resolve issues pertaining to the dates of joining at their internships clashing with the proposed dates of reopening. This matter was immediately brought to the notice of the concerned authorities and resolved within the same day.

Even before the placements begin, second and third-year students can reach out if they are facing any apprehensions or difficulties related to the placement procedure. The students can focus on preparing for their placements, knowing that if they face any obstacles on the way, they can contact the e-grievance cell that’ll help them in clearing those out.