US car maker Ford, which has zeroed in on Gujarat to set up a second plant in India conducted first ever campus recruitments in the state. Ford India Private Limited and Educop World Corporation conducted a joint campus at M S University to recruit engineers. Officials from Ford conducted campus interviews of budding engineers from four engineering institutes including the host Faculty of Technology and Engineering (FTE) of MSU, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology (SVIT) at Vasad, Birla Vishwakarma Mahavidyalaya of Vallabh Vidhyanagar and A D Patel Institute of Technology (ADIT) of New Vallabh Vidhyanagar.

“Nearly 410 budding engineers from FTE, BVM, SVIT and ADIT appeared for the interviews. It is for the first time that Ford India has conducted campus recruitment in any campus in Gujarat,” professor in-charge at training and placement centre at FTE Sanjay Soman told INN.

“Engineers from mechanical, electrical, electronics, instrumentation and automobiles participated in the joint campus for which the firm had adopted two selection criteria,” Soman added.

The budding engineers, who will pass out in June 2012, have been offered Rs 5.5 lakh (excluding incentives) per annum package by the firm.

“The candidates were supposed to appear for a written examination which the firm had outsourced to a Delhi-based Educop World Corporation. The written test round was followed by group discussion and personal interviews of the candidates,” he said, adding that the short-listed candidates will be initially inducted for Ford’s Chennai plant.

The US auto major currently has a factory near Chennai in Tamil Nadu and has announced its plans to set up a second factory at Sanand in Gujarat with Rs 4,000 crore investment. Interestingly, the auto major, which plans to launch eight new models till 2015 in the Indian market, had also kept its higher end models – Ford Fiesta Titanium and Ford Figo – parked at the campus.

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