In the backdrop of a slowing economy, many recruiters have chosen to stay away from B-school campuses and several B-schools are looking to hire placement consultants to help their graduating batch find jobs. Few schools Mint spoke to were ready to share details of consultants they had approached or signed on and many denied the move outright. Placement consultants, however, claim that not just so-called tier II B-schools, but also some of the country's best-known B-schools are looking to do just this. 'It is for the first time that B-schools are appointing consultants. We have taken a couple of schools,' said Kris Lakshmikanth, chairman and managing director at The Head Hunters (India) Pvt. Ltd, based in Bangalore. Lakshmikanth declined to name the schools, but said they were top-tier ones. B-schools, apart from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and a few others such as XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur, Faculty of Management Studies, New Delhi, and Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, are categorized as tier II schools in India.
Several B-schools started their so-called placement season