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Crime Patrol: PLACEMENT PRESSURE DROVE VJTI STUDENT FROM HOME (Episode 658 on 15th May, 2015)

Mumbai, Maharashtra - Apr, 2017

Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute student leaves home due to pressure of placement and arrives in Kerala

A student of Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Manasi Puranik, walked out of her house in Dadar due to the stress of campus placements and ended up in Kochi, Kerala. The incident took place during the start of her final semester exams in April. After an ATM transaction, she was found and brought back to Mumbai by the Shivaji Park police, accompanied by her uncle.

Manasi left behind a letter saying that she was disappointed with herself and had also disappointed her parents. However, her parents were easy-going, and it was the pressure of campus placements that was weighing her down. Most of her friends said that the stress was surreal at VJTI, even though 90% of the 700 students had been placed.

The placement process begins with the final semester, and companies start shortlisting and conducting interviews almost immediately. Students are coached on how to grab a dream job, but not on how to consider and reject an offer for its suitability. The vast differential in packages companies offer creates a sense of competition. Offers are rejected with the hope that a better company with a bigger offer will come along. After securing her placement, Manasi felt that she had not put her best foot forward and made a run for it.

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