This year, Indian Institute of Technology blacklisted 31 companies for revoking students’ joining letters after getting flurries of complaints from the affected students. Placement Committee for All IITs had announced the blacklist on August 14, 2016. But, the silence breaks when IIT-Bombay releases the name of the companies that were banned from the campus recruitment procedures.
Ironically, most of the barred companies are startups founded by IIT alumni. Blacklisting companies for not obeying IITs’ placement policies is the regular feature, but it’s the first time that they have come across with such a huge number of blacklisted companies for a year. This decision is jointly taken under the concern of 23 IITs across the country, said by Prof Kaustubha Mohanty, the Convener of the committee.
Last year’s ban on Zomato will continue for another year too. Interestingly, Flipkart is issued with a warning letter, even after getting criticism for deferring IIM candidate’s joining dates.The blacklisted companies include Healthcare start-up Portea Medica, LeGarde Burnett Group, On-demand delivery service Grofers, Mera Hunar, Zomoto, PepperTap, Cashcare Technologies, among others.
As a part of the barred companies, Johnson Electric and Fundamental Education are not start-ups, even they are found guilty fordeferring student’s joining dates or revoking their offers.This attempted was taken as a precaution to deliberate the issues faced by affected IITians.
Round about 135 students from 23 IITs were affected because of the last-minute revoked joining by thesestartups. Mostly, blacklisted companies are those that had rescinded their offers from the students belonging to IIT-Roorkee, IIT-Mumbai, and IIT-Kharagpur. Usually, students from those enrolled for campus placement as compared with other institutes and, thus, more were affected, added by a senior member of All-India Placement Committee (AIPC) of Indian Institute of Technology.