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West Bengal: Jobs for XII pass students through campus interviews

July 14, 2022
Mita Mukherjee

As many as 105 Class XII pass girl students from science, arts and commerce streams cleared the  recruitment tests conducted by Tata Electronics Company at a school in Kolkata on Thursday.

The recruitment drive is significant as this is the first time in West Bengal Class XII pass students from the general streams are being recruited through campus placements by any company.
 
Recruitments are usually held in colleges and universities through campus interviews for fresh graduates from the general streams or for Class XII pass students who study vocational courses at the Class X an  XII levels.
 
Indrani Bhadra, headmistress of Ananda Ashram Sarada Vidyapith School where the company held the interviews today said more than 150 girls from Kolkata, Howrah and North 24 Parganas districts enrolled themselves for the interviews at her school of whom 105 got selected by the company.
 
The selected candidates will be given training for 12 days and the letter of employment will be issued  to those who clear the programme.
The eligible candidates will be offered a monthly salary of Rs 15,000 and after completing one year of service, they will be given an option to study an undergraduate course in manufacturing science in a university in Tamil Nadu. They can also continue their job if they want to.
 
Welcoming the initiative, Bhadra said the move to provide jobs to Class XII pass girl students is “unprecedented” in Bengal and this will address the lack of job opportunities, particularly for women, in the backdrop of the pandemic.
 
“There was a lot of enthusiasm among the girls who attended today in cracking the test. This is for the first time recruitment drive has been taken for Class XII pass students. All the girls who got selected were ready to join the training programme” , Bhadra told EducationWorld.
 
The Tata Electronics Company will organise similar recruitment camps in three other schools in the state including Jhargram, Sunderbans  and in North Bengal this week.
 
The company had approached the state government seeking permission for conducting the interviews in the schools.
 
The state school education department has directed the authorities of the four schools to allow the company to organise the recruitment camps.
 
The institutions have been asked to keep all arrangements ready and  ensure that the interviews are conducted maintaining all Covid protocols.
Several girl students in rural Bengal are unable to pursue higher education after Class XII either due to poor financial condition of their family or due to early marriage.
 
The new initiative taken by the Tata Group will prevent many deserving candidates from quitting studies midway and this will provide them an opportunity to pursue a career, a state school education department official said.
 
The company will initially provide accommodation and food to the selected candidates. Girls aged between 18 and 20 years and who have passed the Class XII board exam in 2020 or 2021 are eligible for the job.
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