MUMBAI: A computer science student from VJTI has bagged an internship offer for a stipend of Rs 5.9 lakh per month from Google. The internship is based in Paris for three months, for a cumulative stipend of Rs 17.7 lakh. It is an unprecedented amount for a city-based non-IIT engineering institute such as the VJTI. Most engineering students get a stipend of Rs 1-1.5 lakh for internship programmes, with occasionally the package going up to Rs 3-4.5 lakh per month.
While students are bagging good internship projects, VJTI and other city-based non-IIT engineering institutes have had a reasonable placement season for the graduating batch of 2024 too.Though the percentage of students placed has dropped across institutes and the placement process has gone on for long, in line with the market trend, many have managed to retain their average pay and, in some cases, the top packages too.
Newer branches such as AI and older ones such as computer engineering and IT have done better across institutes.
The placement report of Sardar Patel Institute of Technology (SPIT) stated: “Regardless of the recession and hiring freeze…, the placement drive saw the best outcome in recent years.” A SPIT student bagged a package of Rs 61.5 lakh per annum for a UK profile and the average pay at the institute is Rs 15.14 lakh compared with last year’s Rs 15.08 lakh.
Vinod Sikka, professor-incharge of placements, SPIT, said, “The market is slow. Earlier the placement process went on for two-three months, but now it dragged on for a longer period and the upcoming year (2025) also appears to be the same.” An institute student has also bagged an internship of Rs 4.5 lakh per month from CERN in Switzerland.
At VJTI, Viraj Shah, the student who bagged the highest stipend, had also participated in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) programme last year, said professor-in-charge of training and placements Nitin Gulhane. “He is exceptionally good at coding. Through the GSoC programme, he recently submitted an open-source project, seeing which Google’s office in France reached out to him (through the placement cell) for the internship assignment,” he said.
Sachin Kore, director of VJTI, said, “We conduct a lot of coding, hackathon events. Students get hands-on experi ence in coding clubs which sees huge participation.” They are trying to strengthen their connection with the industry, he added. The institute has seen close to 80% students placed, with IT and computer engineering witnessing over 90% placements.
At Thadomal Shahani College of Engineering, the AI and data science batch—the first to graduate—saw better placements compared with computer engineering this year, said principal G T Thampi. The average pay at the in stitute is almost the same as last year, at Rs 12 lakh. The highest package is Rs 35 lakh this year.
D J Sanghvi Engineering College recorded 100% placement in computer science and engineering with data science and even in mechanical engineering, said principal Hari Vasudevan. It has placed around 93% of students. Rajendra Khavekar, in-charge of placements, said this year a lot of companies offering bulk roles have taken in only 3-4 students.