Unlike the when fat pay packets and fast growth options were the priorities of the students; job security takes the center stage now. This has been revealed by a survey recently conducted at several colleges situated in Gujarat. The recommendations of sixth commission have brought this change among students. Around 60 pc students preferred government's job to private jobs. Of the remaining 40 %, 20 % expressed their interest to pursue higher education while the rest said they would either join their family business or start an enterprise. This year 41 students from the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) have opted for public sector job.
Moreover, after Sixth Pay Commission, government salaries have shot up. Benefits like life-long pension, holidays and fixed working hours are adding to the allure of government jobs. 'The survey includes final year students in graduate and post-graduate programs. It was conducted in February-March when the retrenchment on the rise. Insecurity in the private sector have changed the mindset of youth,' says SR Apte, Director of BM Institute of Mental Health who conducted the survey. 'When I started my graduation, I wanted to study MBA and join a multinational. Now, I have decided to do MSc and take up a job as lecturer in a government college,' says Maitreya Acharya, final year BSc student.