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Engineering Graduates Protest Against HCL Tech in Bangalore

Engineering Graduates Protest Against HCL Tech in Bangalore

Engineering graduates who received hiring offers in 2012 from India’s fourth largest IT company, HCL Technologies, protested in front of the company’s offices across Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, and Noida last week, saying they still had no clarity as to when they could join the company. It was the second such protest in a week. The students received engineering degrees last June, but they say they haven’t heard from the company with a formal start date as of yet.

A statement from HCL Technologies said, “We remain committed to have each individual with letters of intent from HCL join us. We have also shared that we will start communicating the starting dates in August 2013 or even earlier, for positions across our business lines.”

Some IT companies are unwilling yet to admit it publicly, but uncertainties about IT demand in the wake of the global slowdown are compelling them to stagger starting dates over a much longer period than is normal. Infosys had deferred starting dates of the 2012 batch of engineering graduates by three months. The company said they would complete the hiring of candidates in the April-June quarter of the next financial year.

The HCL spokesperson said the company had immediate needs in its infrastructure services business. “Individuals are invited to consider these, and make a personal choice to start their careers now or await a start date in another line of business (around August),” the company said.

This article by Shilpa Phadnis originally appeared in The Times of India.

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