CII initiates placement mission for future managers

Wednesday, 24 December 2003, 08:00 Hrs
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CHENNAI: A two-day career management programme for exposing graduates of 100 business schools of southern India to industry recruiters opened here Tuesday.

"Managemantra" is the second event of its kind sponsored by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Chennai.

"Corporate India has a responsibility towards education. This is a small step the CII is taking," said P.K. Mohapatra, chairman of CII's education subcommittee for the southern region.

"We found the first such event so successful that we have extended the programme this year to all four southern states. We will try to extend the interface throughout India.

"In India, educational institutions have for long treated industry as a pariah. However, they have now begun to realise that corporates have a role to play," he said.

The Chennai event was an attempt to end the isolation in which academia and the corporate worlds operated.

Some 60 companies are attending the event to pick out the best from among the budding managers of tomorrow.

Participating companies include food and beverage giants Nestle, Cadbury's, Pepsi and Coca-Cola, media groups The Hindu, Bennett, Coleman and Co., telecom companies RPG enterprises and Bharti, manufacturers Saint Gobain Glass, Ford India, Spic, CavinKare, International Flavours and Fragrance and Kodak, and banks like HDFC, ICICI and HSBC.

The CII is also mulling programmes where groups of academicians and students would be exposed to industry so that each could understand the needs of the other, said Mohapatra.

Source: IANS
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