Ahmedabad boy bags $1,15,000 offer from Google
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Mishra & Chitra Unnithan,
AHMEDABAD: Companies may be tightening their
belts to survive in a shrinking economy, but some of them seem to be ready to
dig deep into their pockets to recruit talent. Ahmedabad student Smit Sanghvi
has bagged an annual salary package of USD 1,15,000 (Rs 72.1 lakh) plus 125
stock options from Google, US. This is arguably the highest offer ever that an
engineering student from Gujarat has bagged.
Sanghvi has been joined by Himanshu Jindal, a computer engineering student from
Delhi Technological University, who bagged the same offer from the search engine
giant, making it the highest ever offer in the university.
A final year student of information and communication technology from Dhirubhai
Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT), Sanghvi
preferred the company's headquarters at Mountain View, California for his
posting. He says he was not counting on the massive offer given the economic
gloom all around. "It is a dream job. All the questions were technical but
open-ended, which gave me room to present my skills to the interviewers," said
A maths-lover since childhood, he plans to prepare for his job until his joining
in October 2014. "I will certainly hang out with friends after my final exams
but I do not want to lose touch with my technical side," said Sanghvi, who
attributes his achievement to support from the institute and his family,
especially his elder brother, also an engineer.
Only two months into the placement season, DAIICT has already placed 83 students
with 19 of them being offered an annual package of Rs 10 lakh and above. For
India placements, the highest salary offered stood at Rs 19.5 lakh annually and
the average pay offered is Rs 7.3 lakh.
"Seven of my students were selected for the final round for Google placements
and they were very enthusiastic about working with the company. I am happy that
one of them has converted the enthusiasm into a job," said S C Sahasrabudhe,
director of DAIICT.
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