To provide 360 degree career solutions to its students, IIT Kharagpur has revamped its placement section to a ‘Career Development Centre’.

So far, the institute’s ‘Training and Placement’ section was providing only placement and internship support to students.

Now the new centre will also provide career development programs like soft skills training, career counselling by professionals, industry-oriented workshops, lectures, leadership talks, management development programmes and facilitate industry-sponsored research, IIT Kharagpur officials said.

Chairman of the career development centre, Sudhirkumar Barai said students can be guided from day one in making a conscious career choice.

"It is well known that making a wrong choice early may limit making the right choice later. Further, studies have also proven that students with a clear focus for the future are more intrinsically motivated to succeed," he said.

The mission of the new centre is to "make every individual IITian a career oriented instead of a job oriented person."

The IIT is also doing corporate tie-ups for this orientation initiative. Several corporate houses such as Huawei, Robert Bosch, Mahindra & Mahindra, Jindal Steel Plant Ltd, etc have already joined this program, officials said.

The institute is also seeking support from alumni who can help students through mentoring, industry networking, career counselling, recruitment.