Anxious students wait for Greka deal with Essar

Vol 17, PW 8 (14 Nov 13) People & Policy

London-listed Greka Drilling might find it difficult to recruit in India in future if it’s not careful.

More than 100 students from the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) in Dehradun are impatient for Greka to confirm promises of a job for a CBM drilling campaign at the Raniganj East or RG (E)-CBM-2001/1 block operated by Essar Energy. “Greka offered jobs to exactly 103 students,” says one of 28 students who registered on, desperate for information.

“I know the number is 103 because I helped with the placement process.” Students promised jobs by Greka have set up a Facebook page devoted to this contract.

Yet surprisingly, none of the 78 engineering or 25 management graduates of the 2000 students who passed out of UPES in July this year has signed a firm employment contract with Greka. “Greka must give us an assurance,” adds another student.

“I want to know the project timelines and deadlines. If I don’t get this job I need to look for something else.

” Greka is not dealing directly with students but with the university placement department and for now the only information is “to expect an e-mail in two weeks.” Stephen Hill of Greka, when contacted, refers us to a line the last Greka statement on October 16 which says: “Negotiations continue to launch the (Greka) expansion into India which we hope to conclude within this quarter.

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