Dollar dreams of some IITians who had bagged US offers from software giants in December 2016 are yet to materialise. Thanks to the Trump administration's review of the visa policy, some of the best minds in the country who had bagged crore-plus offers are now settling for lesser placements. While firms are trying their best to get IIT graduates on board as promised, many on campus are wary of US offers in the upcoming placement season. The number of US offers had, in any case, dropped to single digits at leading IITs last December after the change in the country's regime. Placement cells at IITs are now looking beyond the US for internation al profiles. Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Singapore and some European countries have begun to rise in students' preference list.
Very few IIT graduates who were offered jobs last year have started work in the US. The remaining have joined the organizations' India offices or are being offered alternatives abroad. Chanda, whose parents are daily-wage construction workers, began playing football in 2009 and now leads a team of 15 girls drawn from different villages. The journey has been tough. There was resistance from her family and her decision to wear shorts to play was a big roadblock. “I was determined to play football along with my studies and so I kept going for the coaching classes at 4.30am. Seeing my dedication my family came around and my mother became my biggest supporter. Now I coach a team we call Gagari Smile. It is named after the village we play in. We play in the open ground as there is no dedicated football stadium or field there,“ says Chanda.
Seema, who comes from Dahu village, coaches a team of 20 girls who call themselves “Super Kids“. Like other girls, she too faced resistance from village elders who felt football was for boys. But her parents supported her. Her father works in a cotton thread factory and mother is a housewife. She wants to grow up to be a software engineer. And football is her route to empowerment.“Humein compete karna bahut achha lagta hai (I really like to compete),“ she says.
Leading his team of young coaches is Yuwa India Trust cofounder and coach Franz Gastler. “Society teaches girls to fit in. Yuwa coaches girls to stand out,“ he explains. “With support from BookASmile, we couldn't be happier to be giving the first group of Indian coaches the chance to train with a La Liga team. We chose these eight young women and two young men from our 35 coaches who lead practices for 270 girls and 30 boys in Jharkhand every morning.“