NEW DELHI: Coming close on the heels of its students grabbing pole position in Europe and Asia in a space related competition organised by the American Astronautical Society, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) in Dehradun registered a 28 per cent jump in the number of recruiters who appeared for campus placements this year. The university, which is in the midst of developing cutting edge technologies including building a payload prototype for military aircraft C-130 J Super Hercules, saw over 300 recruiters hiring 1251 students from the University. The included Indian Navy, corporate giants Reliance Industries Limited, Tata Consultancy Services and IT majors Infosys, IBM and L&amp;T Infotech. This year saw significant demand for students with specialisation in cloud computing and virtualization technology, mainframe technology, business analytics and optimization, artificial intelligence, computational fluid dynamics, nuclear science, renewable energy, transportation and industrial design and applied petroleum engineering. “Our industry-aligned curricula designed to cater to industry requirements coupled with rigorous personality enhancement programmes has helped us in creating genuine industry-ready professionals”, said Rituraaj Juneja, Director- Career Services. UPES was established in the year 2003 and offers 87 graduate and post graduate courses in the high-growth sectors like oil and gas, power, infrastructure, transportation, design, business, planning and architecture, public policy, legal studies and more. Recently, students from the university brought laurels for the country when they beat the nest from the Europe and Asia at the recently concluded CanSat Competition 2016. CanSat is an annual design-build-fly competition with space related themes organized by American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). About 73 teams from across the world participated in the competition this year, held at Burkett, Texas, USA. The university had in June this year announced that it was developing a payload prototype for military aircraft C-130 J Super Hercules with the help of a research grant of USD 40,000 from Lockheed Martin. The Payload will be used towards improved humanitarian aid support, disaster relief operations, medical evacuation and environmental weather missions.The payload being developed by UPES will help in ensuring prompt response during extreme situations and saving initial response time which is usually spent in setting up working head-quarters from where relief teams can operate in case of a disaster occurrence.