HCL hiring issue: Noida Magistrate may take education dept help

S. Ronendra Singh
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A file photo of engineering graduates protesting in front of HCL corporate office in Bangalore. — K. Murali Kumar
A file photo of engineering graduates protesting in front of HCL corporate office in Bangalore. — K. Murali Kumar

The Noida City Magistrate may take the help of the Regional Education Department and the employment office to resolve the ongoing differences between HCL Technologies and fresh graduates ‘hired’ by the company.

On Monday, the Magistrate told HCL Technologies to disclose all the details with regard to the protests by freshers who have not been given joining dates despite being given the letter of intent (LoI) in 2011.

To hear HCL today

The Magistrate heard the grievances of the engineering graduates and has now asked the company to come up with their version on Tuesday.

“I have seen the presentations from students today and will hear from HCL Technologies on Tuesday. I have informed the Higher Education Department and will involve Regional Employment Office (under Labour Ministry) if need be,” Sanjay Chauhan, City Magistrate, Noida told Business Line.

He said the frehsers have been waiting for the joining dates since last 10 months and that is a long period. “This case should be sorted out amicably and there should be better opportunity for these kids,” he said.

Around 50 fresh graduates from in–and-around Delhi went to meet the City Magistrate. There were countrywide protests by these fresh engineers last Monday in front of its offices in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, demanding date of joining with immediate effect.

Video statement

HCL Tech has said that it can give joining dates by August only. It has also given some of the freshers the option to join HCL Infrastructure at a lower salary (Rs 2.75 lakh annually compared with Rs 3.25 lakh in HCL Tech). But the protesting graduates, who were given the LoIs during campus placements, have declined both these offers on grounds that they want to join HCL Tech.

Meanwhile, the company has put out a video statement (on YouTube) on Friday wherein Prithvi Shergill, Head of Human Resource, HCL Tech, said the company has already on-boarded around 1,000 freshers from the same batch till February (out of around 5,000 placed).

Company executives said, on conditions of anonymity, that some of the graduates have accepted placement in HCL Infrastructure. Those who have accepted this offer have been told to join work between April and May.

(This article was published on March 18, 2013)
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great job. well done. i had seen you following this story from past few months. these freshers need your help. :) it is a pleasure to see your article.

from:  charu
Posted on: Mar 20, 2013 at 12:46 IST

one of the most unethical practices adopted by the IT companies. This should be dealt strictly and companies be blacklisted for such acts. IT companies like HCL adopt this to be in the news as it is an indirect indicator of their well being. Issuing hiring statements means the company has got good business pipeline and hence indirectly pushes up the market value. SEBI should intervene and curb this practice. Secodnly, this leads to a lot of frustration and harassment for students right in the start of their career and should be seen as an insult of their trust placed in the reputed companies. This is a malpractice and NASSCOM and other industry bodies should help with rightly rehabiliting the affected students, not in this company which will find other elusive ways to harass students even after joining. This is very damaging for the student's career, their self image and is an atrocious act comparable to playing with anoyone's life and dreams. I am for demanding the compensation.

from:  Kaushal
Posted on: Mar 25, 2013 at 17:12 IST
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