With constant reports of IT firms paring down their workforce flooding the media these days, students waiting for the much-awaited influx of IT firm campus recruitment visits this year have largely been disappointed.“IT firms have realised that visiting campuses for hiring talent carries with it no assurance of recruiting the skills required,” said Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder of the recruitment and staffing firm TeamLease. This dawning realisation, say recruitment firms, is the reason why students, especially those in second and third rung engineering colleges, have seen a veritable paucity of IT firms visiting their campuses.According to Aditya Narayan Mishra, president - Staffing, Randstad India, “In fact, hiring of freshers has not gone down, even if campus visits have. On an average, IT firms recruit around 2 lakh freshers a year and this hasn’t changed in the last three years. But these firms have started shifting towards other channels for recruiting, even for freshers,” he said. This moving away from campus visits had already started in 2014.Overall campus recruitment stood at a mere 11.9% of total hiring in 2014, down from 16.8% in the preceding year, according to the Confederation of Indian Industry. Experts say this year could see the trend continuing.

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