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  1. IITs invite blacklisted startups for placements: Authority divided or lack of communication?

IITs invite blacklisted startups for placements: Authority divided or lack of communication?

The All-IITs Placement Committee's recent ban on startups to appear for placements seems to ben jeopardy as various IITs have invited these blacklisted companies for placement meets.

By: | Published: September 12, 2016 10:56 AM
IIT Delhi invited NowFloats Technologies, one of the 31 blacklisted startups on September 2. IIT Delhi invited NowFloats Technologies, one of the 31 blacklisted startups on September 2.

 

The All-IITs Placement Committee’s recent ban on startups to appear for placements seems to ben jeopardy as various IITs have invited these blacklisted companies for placement meets. It is reported that 30 such companies have been invited for participation in the campus placements for IIT Delhi, Kanpur Madras, Kharagpur, and Guwahati, just 15 days after the decision of ban too place.Various IITs were seen inviting these banned start-ups for campus placements this year. According to HT, Medd, a health-tech startup, blacklisted by the AIPC was invited by the IIT Kanpur on August 29 for the recruitments and the summer internship of 2016-17.

IIT Delhi followed suit by inviting NowFloats Technologies on September 2. It was also reported that IIT Madras, Kharagpur, and Guwahati were also following the trend, while IIT Roorkee and Kanpur were not far behind. After the public declaration of the ban on start-ups on August 25, it is unclear as to why these IITs are adamant on going back to these start-ups, which have affected the IIt graduated severely. The AIPC, on the other hand, refused to comment on the story. Earlier, the AIPC had revoked the ban on Crayon Data. The revoke only applied on the company’s Delhi and Singapore offices.

While many of these blacklisted startups have complained about the AIPC’s decision of the ban. Some of the company heads had said that they should have received some sort of communication fro the IIT. They were of the opinion that the IIT should have given them time to explain their actions. Some of them were of the opinion that the companies should have been told personally instead of the IIt making a statement in the media. An estimation of 140 IIT graduates suffered as a few companies took back their offers while a few others delayed the joining date by months. This had resulted in AIPC meet which blacklisted the companies that were serial offenders in the case. The ban also came under scrutiny after it was reported that big companies like Flipkart were left unquestioned after they had also been involved in the acts of dishonouring their offers. Though, such bans send strong messages to the companies, that fact that a lot of them got invites for the next placement, comes as a complete disregard for the rules. It clearly shows that either the IIT authorities remain divided between the issue or extreme lack of communication prevailed in some of the premiere institutions in the country.

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