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HCL to enroll 1,000 students under TechBee in Odisha



HCL Technologies, a leading global technology company, is conducting a walk-in drive across six cities – Bhubaneswar, Currack, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Koraput – of Odisha between June 18 and July 23 as part of its efforts to enroll at least 1,000 freshers under its flagship early-career programme ‘TechBee’.

The drive would be conducted in other cities of the country as well, HCL Technologies Vice President Subbaraman Balasubramanyan said here on Friday.

Subbaraman Balasubramanyan

 “Across the country last year, we enrolled over 7,000 students under TechBee and this year our target is about 12,000-15,000. This is a work-integrated higher education programme that prepares these students technologically and professionally for entry-level IT jobs in HCL after intensive 12-month training,” Subbaraman told media persons.

Students enrolled under TechBee could also pursue an undergraduate degree programme from partner institutions like BITS Pilani, SASTRA University and Amity University.

Six months into TechBee, the students could do internship on HCL projects wherein a stipend of Rs 10,000 would be paid per month. After completing the one-year TechBee training program, students earn a salary between Rs 1.70 – 2.20 lakh per annum.

Students, who have completed Class XII in 2021 or appear for Class XII in 2022 with Mathematics or Business Mathematics as a subject, can apply for the programme. Selected students should score minimum 60 per cent marks in their Class XII examination to be eligible for the program.

 Eligible candidates will appear for an Online Career Aptitude Test (HCL CAT). Those who clear the test will be invited for an Interview discussion, after which HCL will issue a Letter of Intent/offer letter. HCL CAT is an online assessment test designed to check a candidate’s aptitude in areas of Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematics), Logical Reasoning, besides proficiency in the English language.

The fee for the training program is Rs1 lakh+Taxes. Loans for the fees are also enabled through partner financial institutions.

When asked if some students leave the course mid-way failing meet the parameter, Subbaraman said that 3-4 percent of the candidates selected through Techbee fail the complete the course and that case the company simply refunds the entire course fee.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digitisation and enhanced the demand for technology. There is an enormous need for young and high-quality talent and the TechBee is aimed at fulfilling that need,” Subbaraman said.

“HCL has also launched TechBee on a pilot basis in the USA, Vietnam, Australia and Sri Lanka this year, with tailor-made programmes to suit the respective countries,” he added.

HCL introduced the first-of-its-kind programme TechBee in the year 2017 during which only 80 students evinced interest in joining the programme. Demand for the programme went up gradually; and now the company aims at recruiting at least one-thirds of its required skilled professionals through this process and gradually taking it to 70 percent, revealed Subbaraman.

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