Seems like everyone with an open tester position wants to throw a fresher at it. This is a huge mistake! What does a fresher bring to the table?
- Lots of book learning; in India, that means rote memorization
- Some programming experience.
Is there room for freshers in an IT organization? Absolutely! Microsoft focuses most of its recruiting in the college space, but that's because the ratio of new hire to full timer (at least in the US) is probably 10:1. They have people all around them who can mentor and grow them, and they are NOT encouraged/forced to do mundane and boring tasks. Well, not all the time... As a new hire at Microsoft, I was the release lead for German Mac Office 98, with 18 months experience in the company! But that was after 18 months of incredible mentoring and learning.
For you people hiring for testers, don't think "Well, no one wants to be a tester - let's find someone who wants a foot in the door and get them in here." You're doing yourself a disservice, you're doing your customer/project a disservice, and you're really not helping the fresher either. Look for some passionate QA/testing professionals. Bring them in and let them establish a world-class test organization. Then hire freshers, train them up, and keep growing your organization.
OK - off my soapbox for now...