ISI Kolkata student bags $100,000 offer from Google

In what is touted to be the first international placement in the 82-year history of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, an M-Tech student has received an offer of $100,000 (Rs 62.7 lakh) from Google. “This is also the highest salary offered to any of our students till date,” says Pradipta Bandyopadhyay, dean of students, ISI.The student who received the offer is a 24-year-old fresher pursuing his Master of Technology in Computer Science. Although the college was reluctant to disclose company’s name, a placement team member said it was Google.

The offer is a milestone for the institute. “We were known for our academic programmes in the international community but now, will be known in the job market too,” he added. Last year’s highest offer was Rs 28 lakh from Goldman Sachs. ISI has 100 students in Kolkata besides branches in Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi.

“Last year, 43 companies came to our campus and the average was Rs 12 lakh. This year, the average should be around Rs 14 lakh (excluding the international offer) and we expect more than 50 firms,” says a placement official who also added that the minimum salary offer accepted is around Rs 8 lakh for the 2014 batch.

As for Google, this is not the search giant’s first big-ticket recruitment this year. It has hired a student from NIT Warangal for Rs 84.6 lakh and Delhi Technological University for Rs 93 lakh.

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