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Techie’s starting salary Rs 35L
By Hitesh Shetty

Arun Chaitanya is from the first B. Tech batch from the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.  While most of his fellow techie students were given packages of Rs. 7-10 Lakhs as a starting salary, Arun, who has been hired by Japanese ERP giant Works Applications, starts his tech career in 2012 with a whopping Rs. 35 Lakhs salary package. TG caught up with Arun who told us

I guess every pioneer student at IITH will share this feeling – He / She being mistaken to be from IIITH. That was the status of IITH, 3 years ago. We were always afraid of the final event - Placements. We all students were satisfied with the academics, infrastructure and commitment from the IIT H community. As all placements went well, I got into Works Applications, a Japanese ERP Company. I am extremely thankful to the placement Cell and professors.

I was a bit astonished at the placement procedure. Different companies tested different skills. The best paying companies wanted good programmers who are logical thinkers. Most other companies needed knowledge of core concepts. As most students aren't aware of this, few of us couldn't make it into companies we wanted to. I would have been very satisfied if I were placed in India with also a good pay.

The company executives were very friendly. During dinner, I got to know more about the company. I am little worried because of the cultural differences and communication gap that I may face.

I believe that I can adjust to all such obstacles. I would like to end it by thanking my parents, friends and other extended family for their support and cooperation throughout my life.

Arun Chaitanya finished his 10th in 2006 from Delhi Public School, Visakhapatnam and Intermediate from Gowtham College, Gudavalli (2006-2008).  Apart from his Technical degree from IIT,   he was also very involved in local cultural, sporting and social activities.  Arun was the President of Student Gymkhana (the student body), IIT Hyderabad for the year 2009-10. He was also the Hospitality Coordinator of ELAN 2010, the Cultural cum Technical Festival of IITH.  He played Football for IIT Hyderabad for a year during 2008 - 2010.

Arun has also taught Basic Computer Skills to students of ZPH, Indrakaran, under National Service Scheme.


(Photo:  Arun (is the one in light blue striped shirt) explaining to ex President Kalam the computer science research initiatives taken at IIT Hyderabad in collaboration with Univ. of Tokyo, Japan and others)

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