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It's raining jobs for DU grads.

THE current academic session at Delhi University has three more months to go but it is already raining jobs for students.

Major companies from the fields of banking, hospitality, FMCG and education are scouting for talent at prestigious DU colleges like Shri Ram College of Commerce ( SRCC), Lady Shri Ram ( LSR) and St Stephen's.

The highest salary package during the first season of placements at St Stephen's College, LSR and SRCC were between ` 12 lakh and ` 14 lakh.

Colleges said they are expecting the packages to go up in the second phase of the drive.

Most colleges began their placement drives in the first week of January. The Faculty of Management Studies ( FMS) is expected to start its placement drive after the last week of January.

LSR is expecting as many as 20 companies as the drive will continue till March 31. At SRCC, placements will continue till the month- end.

At LSR, students are getting an average package of ` 6 lakh this current season.

" Already, 26 students have job offers with annual packages of ` 5- 7 lakh . Every day we have at least two companies coming for placement with more companies expected and with them higher pay packages too," said Kanika Khandelwal, LSR media coordinator.

Teacher in- charge of placement at most colleges said companies generally hire across streams but there is a preference for students from commerce and economics streams. And the top recruiters include McKinsey & Company, Citibank, Taj Hotels, ITC Maurya, Deutsche Bank, Procter and Gamble, Philips, Accenture, Genpact, Wipro, HSBC, Google, Deloitte, American Express and D. E. Shaw.

The number of placements at St Stephen's College is similar to last year's with an average salary for the present batch hovering around ` 8 lakh.

" Usually students from economics, mathematics and commerce get good offers," said a member of placement team.

The university's Central Placement Cell will start its two- day placement drive from January 27. " Around five companies are expected to come," said J. M. Khurana, dean students' welfare.

The university had implemented the Four- Year Undergraduate Programme this academic session claiming it will result in more hiring.

However, colleges said there is still time for the FYUP to prove that it has made any difference.

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Date:Jan 23, 2014
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