Nagpur (NGP): Students from Vidarbha region have reason to cheer, as the ambitious Nagpur metro railway project has started recruitment. In the first phase, Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), the special purpose vehicle established to oversee the project, has tied up with Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT). Nagpur Metro would be picking up 10-15 fresh graduates from various branches like civil, structural, electrical, mechanical and computer science among others. The candidates would be offered yearly package of Rs5 lakh initially, which would be revised depending on performance, VNIT officials said on Thursday.
Nagpur Metro started campus interviews at VNIT for recruiting students on Thursday.
NMRCL managing director Brajesh Dixit held a meeting with VNIT authorities under the Board of Governors (BoG) chairman Vishram Jamdar and director Narendra Chaudhari. Both parties decided to ink a pact for technical collaboration in areas like civil construction, structural design, electrical installation and testing, solar installations, signalling and communication systems, excavation engineering and architectural planning.
“Since VNIT is a national level institution, we’ve given them preference. We would be recruiting 10-15 students and providing them training. Our preference would obviously be fresh graduates, but selection would be based on academic record and projects completed. We will also consult VNIT on various aspects like research and testing, as they have expertise in these fields,” Dixit told. He added that this is NMRCL’s attempt to associate with local institutes to develop a modern transportation system for the city.
Jamdar said that the Nagpur Metro project had huge potential to create jobs in the next few months, once the work begins in full swing. “NMRCL would prefer local students, which would go well with the Maharashtra government’s policy. Usually, such companies gave priority to institutions like IIT, but we apprised them of research done at our college and projects undertaken. Our expertise and knowledge would be useful for this iconic project,” he said.
Chaudhari highlighted testing facilities at various VNIT departments, saying that they would conduct training through workshops for NMRCL employees. “VNIT will also carry out analysis of Nagpur Metro’s structural drawings, inspection and testing of materials, and examine any technical issues referred to it. We will also participate in the Expression of Interest (EoI) for architecture firms to design the ‘junction station’. The association will be helpful for our students to understand technicalities of a live project,” he said.
Associate dean (Industry-Institute Interaction) Sunil Bhat added that VNIT students had a good chance to occupy senior positions at a very early stage of life, as the project work progresses. “We’ve told NMRCL to come again in August, when the next batch would be ready for placements. Currently, our placements have already been completed.”
He also said that VNIT had around 20% students from the region who would have a good chance at being recruited. Even chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had stressed on recruiting local people in such projects to increase employability. The CM would be meeting with Dixit on Friday at 10.30am at his residence to discuss progress of Nagpur Metro.
JOBS ON ELEVATED TRACK
NAGPUR METRO JOINS HANDS WITH VNIT
Technical collaboration in areas like civil construction, structural design, electrical installation and testing, solar PV installations, signalling and communication systems, excavation engineering and architectural planning
WHAT VNIT OFFERS
Testing facilities with various departments & training for Nagpur Metro employees
Analysis of metro’s structural drawings, inspection and testing of materials
Nagpur Metro conducted campus interviews of VNIT students on Thursday
They would be recruiting 10-15 students
Starting yearly package would be Rs5 lakh
Over a thousand engineering graduates
38.215km long two corridors: 19.658km long North-South corridor from Automotive Square to Mihan, and 18.557km long East-West corridor from Prajapati Nagar to Lokmanya Nagar