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Hiring engineering graduates from campuses has been gradually falling every year. Nasscom’s president Som Mittal said that hiring is going to reduce by about 22% to 1.8 lakh this year, thus bringing worries for candidates appearing campus interviews this year and forthcoming years. Unlike a decade back when half of the passouts were hired, the global uncertainty, automation and non-linear growth has changed the situation.

Every third to fifth student will face the threat of employment and many others will have to take jobs much below their technical qualifications. The situation is very similar in hundreds of non-IIT engineering colleges where they are inviting new industries and companies and are also settling for salaries much below the minimum benchmarks.
Guru Venkatesh, V-P (placement and corporate relations) of Dayanand Sagar institutions said that last year they had an 85% placement record but this time it would be best even if 70% of it is achieved. Until 2012, they were choosy about companies visiting their campus, but this time they will allow all of them. Even in such poor economic scenario, institute like IIT have no worries. Only 15% students from IIT’s join IT sector and salaries of about 1200 odd students from all streams are expected to go high. The average salary package for students in IIT has gone up from 8.9 lakh per annum in 2012 to 11.4 lakh per annum in 2013.

An official of VIT University, Chennai said that last year there were few companies offering 3 lakh package but this time around the university is open to more companies who are offering packages of around 3 lakh. The hiring has just started this year, he said. Campus interviews normally start in the month of July every year and continue till next 8 months. IT sector that hire more than 70% of students come in September are hoped to be muting their hirings this year. According to Nasscom, only 1,80,000 students will be hired this year as compared to 2,30,000 in 2012.

RV College of engineering, Bangalore is promoting entrepreneurship for its students. It is looking to acquire Rs 25 crore for its entire entrepreneurship cell. The college wants students to apply for more patents and research projects and being hired by core engineering companies instead of being dependent on the IT firms. Delhi Technological University has added 15% recruiters for its CS and IT students keeping in mind hiring from companies may take a hit this year. Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) has around 500 students to be placed this year and an official from the university said that earlier if 30 companies visited the campus, 5-6 would absorb all the students and the rest were sent back while last year they felt the heat and are planning to accommodate even more companies this year.

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The future doesn’t seem far!

In a restaurant down an alley in one of Tokyo’s best-known districts, four massive female robots wink and wave to the passers-by as they lumber to the beat of traditional Japanese drums and a Lady Gaga dance tune with a Japanese backdrop and flavour.

It’s show time at the ” Robot Restaurant”, a new and high-tech take on the city’s decades-old restaurant that puts a friendly face, though unusual, on the robot technology for which Japan is known!

More than half the world’s industrial robots are used here, but the featured performers at the brand-new venue, which owners say cost 10 billion yen ($125.8 million) and took three years to build, are 3.6 metre-high , custommade female robots with facial features controlled by the restaurant’s dancers.

The lower half of each robot resembles the iconic Japanese character, Gundam, on wheels, while its curvaceous human-like upper body is clad in a futuristic gladiator outfit. They have blonde, brown or red hair with blue or green eyes which make them look realistic.

“Everything apart from the central component of the robots is made and assembled by us.” said the restaurant’s spokesperson.

It seems like everyone in Japan is fascinated by the idea of robots and everyone is excited to be a part of the future!

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More than half of employees at Indian companies prefer to do their office work through mobile electronic gadgets like smartphones and tablets like iPads and Samsung Galaxy tabs, instead of staying in offices, a survey today claimed.

The study was conducted among 350 officers and executives in sectors like automobile, banking, manufacturing and real-estate.

The survey conducted by industry body , Assocham , found that majority of the respondents said they do not need to stay in office to be productive, as they carry their electronic devices to remain accessible to colleagues and clients.

At the same time, the study also quoted HR managers and officials of some companies as saying that they have banned access to social networks and use of personal smartphone devices in office premises, fearing productivity loss.

“But most of these respondents said they are revisiting their policies as they can benefit from networking and marketing potential of social media,” it added.

As per the Assocham survey, “Over half of the employees at India Inc prefer mobility and employing mobile technology into the workplace to stay connected to their associates, clientele, co-workers, partners and are seeking exemption from the regular desk job.”

It also said the growing demand to work from devices is also likely to spurt demand for IT support, including software applications, networking technologies and 3G mobile internet services in the long run.

Most of the respondents said they carry these devices in meeting rooms to take notes.

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Samsung has unveiled a voice-controlled camera as part of a fall lineup of consumer gadgets aimed at setting itself apart from rival Apple.

The South Korean electronics giant showcased its new 16-megapixel Galaxy Camera at the IFA tech show in Berlin on Wednesday.

It comes days after Samsung suffered a costly defeat in a patent dispute with Apple in the United States.

Samsung’s Galaxy Camera runs on Google’s popular Android operating system, giving it features previously restricted to smartphones or tablet computers such as photo organizing, photo sharing and voice-control and many other interesting features.

The company also announced two new phones, the Galaxy Note II and the ATIV S running on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.

Samsung says the devices will be available in many countries from the end of October.

These launches might put Samsung back on track after the dispute with Apple.

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A 101-year-old woman from the American state of California is Facebook’s oldest official registered user, the social networking giant has revealed.

Florence Detlor recently paid a visit to Facebook’s headquarters in the Silicon Valley and met founder Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of the site.

According to The Telegraph, Sandberg later posted a photo to Facebook of herself with Detlor and Zuckerberg.

It was accompanied by the caption, ‘Honored to meet Florence Detlor, who at 101 years old is the oldest registered Facebook user. Thank you for visiting us Florence!’

According to her profile Detlor graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1932, and joined Facebook in August 2009. She lives in Menlo Park, California, where Facebook now has its headquarters.

Age doesn’t seem to deter her from socialising!