Top MNCs Looking For Kashmiri Youth
8 August 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: About 60 graduates of the Kashmir University have been recruited by the world's top multinational companies (MNCs) in the past one year, signalling a growing demand for professionals from the Valley both in and outside the country. Among the companies that recruited the Kashmiri youth are UAE-based Jumbo Group and Yateem Group of Companies, French company Schneider Electronics, Met Life, Citibank and nationally-acclaimed HDFC, Bajaj Allianz, Hinduja Group and others. Placement records of the past few years show that quite a good number of graduates from the department of Biochemistry have joined premier institutes in the US, Canada and the West. Reputed institutes such as the Albert Einstein Institute, New York; Karmanos Cancer Institute, Michigan; Colorado University; University of Wisconsin; and Universities of Duke and Boston have on their faculty students who have completed their Master degree in Biochemistry from the Kashmir University. Mohammad Mutahar heads the marketing division of the Yateem Group of companies that provides for about 90 per cent of the optical needs of the Gulf region. Rukhsana Naaz received her Mass Communication degree a few days ago, but she has already joined ICICI-Lombard, the multinational banking concern as its marketing head. Its branch office will be soon be opened in Srinagar. Fayaz Ahmad Shah is heading the main New Delhi branch of the multinational bank, ANZ Grindlays. Biotech companies such as the US-based Biogen have recruited several Kashmiri youth. The two-year old Department of Biotechnology has 12 former students pursuing fellowships and higher studies in prestigious research institutes such as the Hyderabad-based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology. In the pharma sector, companies such as Medley's Pharmaceuticals, Dabur, Cipla, Glaxo, Ranbaxy and Macmillon have recruited eight graduates of the University's Pharmacy Department. Several pass outs from the Kashmir University's Mass Communications Department are working in international and national news organisations. There is a long list of organisations within and outside the country which have hired the MERC pass outs. Medicine sans Frontiers (MSF), ICRC, IRCS, Indian Space Research Organisation are just a few of them. A few months ago, American Express and a British BPO firm recruited two Kashmiri students after several rounds of examination. Walter Thompson, a top ranking New York-based branding company, hired Tariq Ahmad Bhat on its panel of producers a couple of years ago. Several students from the Sociology department have joined organisations in the social development sector such as MSF, Better Word and Save the Children Fund. One of the alumnus from the department is currently among the five social development executives of the Citibank in India. Maqsooda Sarfi, who did her doctorate in Mongolian Studies from the University's Centre for Central Asian Studies (CCAS), is teaching at the Osaka University in Japan. Similarly, Masarat Safvi of Islamic Studies joined a Tehran- based women's organisation and is at present the associate editor of its in-house publication, Mahjooba 'During the past one year, about 60 of our students from the departments of Management Studies, Pharmacy, Computer Applications, Media Education Research and Commerce have been recruited by the corporate sector,' Kashmir University Vice-Chancellor Prof Abdul Wahid said. During his meeting with Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed recently, he said about half of them are serving outside the country. The Chief Minister, on his part, emphasised the need to focus on market-oriented subjects for graduate and postgraduate courses. The corporate world needs professionals in vast numbers and the Kashmiri youth cannot remain indifferent, he said.