The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) will start the summer placements for the postgraduate programme (PGP) batch 2010-12 from November 12, according to a release from the institute. The institute has decided to modify the basic process to include the cohort-based system used in the final placement process for the PGP batch 2008-10 in March.
The institute, which had an "excellent and fruitful recruitment experience", has decided to continue with the cohort-based process for placements due to its student-friendly nature that reduces stress and allows them more time for preparation. The process also facilitates a better match between the student and the recruiter, as they have longer interaction time to understand each other.
"The basic process for summer placements has been changed this year. We are in the process of inviting companies and would be reaching out to different sectors not covered last year. We intend to include recruiters from niche areas like green technology and media," Mansi Chitalia, member, student placement committee, told Business Standard.
In the cohort process, companies will be divided into groups called 'cohorts', based on multiple parameters such as roles, locations and salaries, and several cohorts will be held in one cluster. The cohorts would be scheduled based on the preference of the students. Interviews in the first cluster are scheduled to start from November 12 and will thereafter proceed on weekends until all the students are placed in the roles of their choice. "However, because of academic scheduling constraints and the institute's golden jubilee celebrations, interviews for a couple of clusters in the first week will be held on a few weekdays," the release stated.
Movin Jain, the institute's recruitment secretary, said: "During the finals, the students were far more relaxed and better prepared due to the breaks they got between two clusters. We wish to provide a similar experience to our students during the summer process as well and help both recruiters and students take better decisions."