This is from the point of view of the young employees in IT/ITES sectors.
"IT sector pays high salaries in India-so I want to become an IT professional",I am coming across this statement very often now-a-days.I am not trying to point that it is wrong.I may also say the same if I am not an IT professional.
The highest salary paid in IIIT-Hyderabad campus is Rs.8.4 Lakh per annum for a BTech graduate.A BTech graduate from other disciplines is paid a maximum of 1.5 Lakh per annum in their respective sectors.This is a large gap(6:1 ratio).So almost all graduates are shifting to IT by acquiring the required skills from coaching institutes .
The brutal murder of 24-year-old Pratibha Srikanth Murthy, who worked at the HP GlobalSoft call center has made me think , How many potential Entrepreneurs,Researchers,IAS/IPS/IFS officers,Chartered Accountants,Bank managers,Lawyers,Judges,writers,....... are taking up the call center jobs,because they need money? Working in the night,sleeping in the day is against biological clock but many youngsters are used to it.What I feel is youngsters must think BIG.
Coming to the work done in IT sector.90% of it is not up to the standard, but people are satisfied with their work because of big bucks.It is upto the youngsters to show the world that India is not only capable of support work of a company but also core and fundamental work.This will happen when India Inc. comes up with a revolutionary startup like Google.I am happy to know that effort is put in this direction.I also want to be part of it.This include barcamps,Technology Business Incubation units are opened in IITs and some of the other schools.They encourage the students to establish startups to carry out work in fundamental areas.Kritikal solutions,Kanwal Rekhi School of Information and Technology, are some of them.I hope many more institutes work towards such initiatives.Indian government must back them up.
Although IT sector pays high salaries compared to other sectors.The hype is so much that a lay man started considering IT employee as an ambani or a Tata.Also companies in service sector doesn't pay so much particularly for a fresher.Instead of the average salary metric ,the maximum salary metric is more advertised.This may be the cause of hype.Take places like Miyapur,Kondapur and Madhapur in Hyderabad (may be the same with IT boom cities) .This is the belt that surround the IT companies.The standards of living in these places is double compared to other areas Why?Simply because the support landlords,house-maids,food joints think that software people swim in the money like Scrooge Mc Duck of Ducktales.One will faint easily looking at the prices in the menu of any road-side restaurant in these areas.So my room-mate and I am cleaning the house by ourselves,washing clothes and are planning to cook.
May be I overeacted when our landlord increased the rent by a high amount all of a sudden and looked as if it is his right to do so because we are earning sooo much according to him