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IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) has blacklisted 31 companies giving a strong message on revoking the job offers and playing with the life of the students. First time ever IITs have come up with the list of blacklisted recruiters. Around 140 IIT student were affected by these firms who stepped back from their promises. Amongst the 31 companies, there were some big brands and some start-ups. All these companies were barred from the campus placements. 

According to All Indian Placement Committee (AIPC), these 31 companies cancelled the job offers of the students that were made in the last placement season. They also delayed their joining date, made offers in the name of the one employer when they had actually hired them for an affiliate. Some of the Recruiters were found to be fake. Although AIPC hasn't given details about revoking of each company separately, but IIT Bombay mentioned that:

  • GPSK, Johnson Electric, Portea, Peppertap and CashCare were blacklisted for revoking job offers.
  • LexInnova and Indus Insights were blacklisted for delaying the joining date of recruits. Mera Hunar came with a different name and hired students for another start-up.
  • LeGarde was blacklisted for both revoking offers and the company was found fake with no proper office address.
  • IIM-Ahmedabad wrote to Flipkart’s management, rebuking the e-commerce marketplace for postponing the hiring of IIT graduates by six months. Since then, IITs have put together a common front against start-ups.

All Indian Placement Committee (AIPC) coordinator, Kasturbha Mohanty said that they have banned the companies especially the start-ups as they visited the campus and then dishonoured their promise of offering jobs to the students. He emphasised on the lines “played with the careers of students”.

In the past six months, several start-ups came under the limelight for delaying or cancelling jobs offered to engineer and management graduates. The list of 31 Companies banned by IIT include:

  1. Zettata
  2. Nowfloats
  3. ConsultLane
  4. Zimply
  5. Peppertap
  6. Portea Medica
  7. Babajobs
  8. GPSK
  9. Hopscotch
  10. SmartTrak Solar Systems Pvt. Ltd
  11. Crayon Data India Pvt. Ltd
  12. Glow Homes Technologies Pvt. Ltd
  13. Tescra Software Pvt. Ltd (Rockon)
  14. Grofers
  15. Tenova India Pvt. Ltd
  16. Verity Knowledge Solutions
  17. Excellence Tech
  18. Stayzilla
  19. Roadrunnr
  20. LexInnova Technologies
  21. LeGarde Burnett Group
  22. Johnson Electric (Japan)
  23. Mera Hunar
  24. Fundamental Education
  25. CashCare Technology
  26. Holamed
  27. Indus Insights
  28. Clicklabs
  29. Grabhouse
  30. Medd
  31. Zomato

Few Start-ups are banned for a year from the IIT Placement Session, including home healthcare services provider Portea Medical, restaurant search and review website Zomata, and online baby clothes and product company Hopscotch.

AIPC coordinator Mohanty said in an email that if these blacklisted companies wish to attend the IIT Placement, then they have to first write to AIPC about the reason and explain why they have dishonoured the promises done with the students. Adding Further Monhanty who is also a Professor at IIT Guwahati said that apart from writing an explanation the Companies need to come up with a presentation and will also have a discussion with all AIPC members.

The founder of ConsultLane (one of the blacklisted company), Dinesh Sharma, giving a clarification about their company said that two students who were offered placement by the company failed to pass their final exams and asked for four months’ time to join their Jobs after completing their graduation, but they failed to do so and hence the company hired people from other industry.

Hyperlocal delivery start-up Peppertap shut its operations in April as the firm and rivals struggled with a funding slowdown. The company continues to run its reverse logistics business. 

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