Today, while i was going through my Quora account my eyes stuck on one question “Do Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon etc believe that talented students are found Only in IITs, NITs and BITS?” In fact, when i was preparing for JEE Exam there is one thought that bothers me “If I am not able to get into IIT and join some normal engineering college then am i able to get a job in big company like Google, Facebook, Flipkart ?”. And i think this thought might be creating tension among students who are preparing for IIT.
So guys here is the perfect answer.
Do Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon etc believe that talented students are found Only in IITs, NITs and BITS?
Almost all the big tech companies in India are now looking for good students who don’t come from IIT / NIT / BITS. There are multiple reasons :
- IITs are not supplying enough computer science engineers. There are tons of companies and there is a huge demand for programmers. Microsoft alone hire close to 300 programmers from campuses across all over India in 2015–2016.
- Diversity is an important factor. Almost all companies would prefer to hire 20–40 engineers from 20 different colleges rather than hiring 30 from the same campus even though the quality of students might be same. When you go for shopping, you don’t buy 10 shirts of same brand. Hiring from multiple campuses increases the talent pool available to company. It also helps companies connect with a larger student community.
- The concept of “best engineer” is obsolete. The new concept is “right engineer”. Companies want to match the right kind of job with the right kind of new hires. At big companies there are a lot of programming jobs and all of those job do not require IITians.
- Students outside IIT / NIT / BIT system are usually cheaper to hire. Although the cost of hire is not an important factor for large tech companies in this context.
- Companies are starting to realise the drawbacks of education system in India. They know that most good programmers in India are self-taught. They understand that a lot of students don’t get noticed because of the system. Companies are competing with each other to find those underdogs.
That said, even today IIT / NIT / BIT has a huge concentration of talent and it’s unlikely to change in near future. The sheer concentration makes visiting and recruiting from these campuses economically viable. At the end of the day the companies want their job to be done. They hardly care if the person doing the job is the most qualified one.