March 29, 2009
Center for Corporate Relations, Coimbatore
http://amritians.net — this portal was developed by the alumni of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. Meant to be their online home; the site sees traffic of thousands of Amritians now working or studying in different parts of India and the world. They have registered and have been given email addresses in this domain; they also use the site to network with their peers. For example, there are special interest groups for those wanting to become entrepreneurs, another for those interested in obtaining a doctorate. There is also a jobs database, which in current times, is extremely popular.
“Prof Parameshwaran made this happen. He encouraged us to develop a database for job opportunities for our alumni,” remarked Prof. Jay Misra of the Amrita School of Business, who is guiding the development of the alumni portal. Prof. Parameshwaran is Dean of Placement at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. He is in-charge of the Center for Corporate Relations that facilitates the placement process for final-year students in Amrita.
“Many times in the past we have had requests from employers or sometimes even our own alumni, who want to hire graduates from Amrita. These may not be positions for fresh hires, rather for folks with some experience,” shared Prof. Parameshwaran. “Now with the new alumni portal, our chances of servicing these requests are much higher. For instance, recently we had requests from IBM, MPhasis and Wipro. CCR is intent on helping Amritians in finding alternative and lucrative career paths in spite of the current economic slowdown.”
Economies all over the world are in the grip of a recession, is India any different? When the job portal was launched at the recently held Amritians meet in Bangalore, it was stated that India’s economy was perhaps insulated from the economic crisis in the US because consumerism was not as prevalent here. “Due to the value-based education that they have received at Amrita, companies find that our students make great team players and employees, that is the reason they come back here again and again,” added Prof. Parameshwaran.