Samsung is going to add 1,000 new engineers to its technology team, by hiring freshers (graduates) from top Indian colleges.
In an interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI), Sameer Wadhawan (the head of human resources at Samsung India) revealed that they will visit Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) located in Delhi, Kanpur, Bombay, Madras, Kharagpur, Guwahati, BHU and Roorkie, to start hiring new engineers.
Samsung is planning to begin the hiring process on December 01, 2018.
Wadhawan added that the electronics giant is planning to recruit more than 1,000 students from premium engineering colleges around the country. These ‘new recruits’ will work across various departments that are crucial to cutting-edge domains such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, natural language processing, camera technology and 5G networks.
Samsung India’s hiring plans are in synergy with its three-year strategy of adding 2,500 new engineers to boost its R&D operations. They spent more than $15 billion on R&D in 2017. In August 2018, Samsung announced that it will invest $22 billion globally, to focus on four key emerging technologies, namely artificial intelligence, 5G, automotive electronics components and biopharmaceuticals, continuing till 2021.
The new engineers are likely to be placed within Samsung India’s three operational R&D centers, present in Delhi, Noida and Bengaluru. These units contribute together towards developing Samsung’s global products portfolio. Some of these centers also involved in designing India-specific innovations.
IITs will be the main focus of Samsung India’s hiring, although other top institutes are also in contention.
Samsung has made it abundantly clear that it prefers IITs for its recruitment. So far this year, it has already rolled out 350 pre-placement offers (PPOs) to IIT freshers. And while the current 1,000-freshers hiring program will also be concentrated on the top IITs, the process will also extend to the newer IITs in Hyderabad, Dhanbad, Ropar, Indore, Gandhinagar, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Mandi and Jodhpur.
Nearly 300 of the planned 1,000 recruitments will happen from IITs, according to Sameer Wadhawan.
Samsung India also plans on visiting other premium Indian engineering colleges such as BITS Pilani, IIITs, the National Instituters of Technology (NITs), the Delhi Technological University (DTU), Manipal Institute of Technology, and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru.
“There’s a tactical shift that we have made to spot talent early and offer PPOs. This year, we had a slightly longer internship period so that students can spend more time in the company, giving them opportunity to interact with the leaders and managers. This helps us spot a bright talent amongst them. R&D for us has become a key differentiator and we continue to leverage India’s intellectual capital and rapidly grow our reputation as the most innovative company in the areas which we operate.” – Sameer Wadhawan (to PTI)