In the wake of the economic slowdown, the government's premier research institute, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is walking away with students from premier engineering institutes like the IITs and NITs. The DRDO offered campus placements in all but two IITs for the current year and came away with an unprecedented catch of a total of 20 students, DRDO officials said at the sidelines of a briefing on a students' engineering project competition to be held at Kolar, 60 km from Bangalore.
DRDO used to get only up to five students from the IITs every year. The current economic environment coupled with improved pay packages and the prospects of exciting work, has led students, who had earlier ventured abroad or into the IT sector, to show more interest in DRDO, said the organisation's Chief Controller for Research and Development (Services Interaction) Prahlada.
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