Published on September 14, 2017 | Choosing a Career| Education News| Engineering
Unemployable Engineers – This Service Is No Longer Available!
India’s obsession with engineering.
It has been said that if you close your eyes and throw a stone amidst a crowd of working professionals in India there is a very high probability that you would hit an engineer. The reason is as follows: Amith as a high school student has unknowingly made two mistakes:-
- He has very promising grades in academics.
- And a keen interest in math.
These two mistakes have compounded and led to Amith’s third and which might be his final mistake: Engineering.
Under the illusion of attaining a fat paycheck even today, a large chunk of Indian parents keep pushing their children to gravitate towards engineering. Although only a handful of high-performers from top IITs do get eye-popping salaries, the situation isn’t hunky-dory for most fresh graduates from institutes not in the top few. Many end up doing jobs that are unrelated to engineering. And many more so remain unemployed or are unemployable.
Less than 8% Indian engineers fit for core engineering roles.
Reveals a study conducted by Aspiring minds, a New Delhi-based employment solutions company. After having conducted an employ-ability-focused study based on 1,50,000 engineering students who graduated in 2013. Their findings were rather shocking. It showed that there was a huge gap in skills of engineers, as needed, to work in the large industry.
As many as 97 per cent of graduating engineers want jobs either in software engineering or core engineering. However, only 3 per cent have suitable skills to be employed in software or product market, and only 7 per cent can handle core engineering tasks.
“There are several problems with regard to employability in core engineering roles. We need to excite students about these jobs. Everyone’s focus today is on IT. We want students to design and build things. We need emphasis on the basics, for instance, basic electrical engineering, basic concepts of mechanics and so on,” Varun Aggarwal, CTO Aspiring Minds.
According to the HRD ministry, India has 6,214 engineering and technology institutions which are enrolling 2.9 million students. Around 1.5 million engineers enter the job market every year. But the dismal state of higher education in India ensures that they simply do not have adequate skills to be employed. source
Inappropriate curriculum, poor syllabus, inadequate laboratory infrastructure, shortage of quality human resources for teaching and lack of corporate involvement are the main reasons. Attention should be focused on all these areas while institutes without an adequate teaching support may seek help from industry experts through special seminar or lectures.
However, the abundance in the field must also be addressed. With organisations demanding for an educated and skilled workforce. Many professionals settle for a job that they are overqualified for as they lack the technical know-how to land a profession at par to their academic weight. Vocational and other such short technical skill based courses must regain emphasis.
Lack of Soft skills and English communication also contribute to the employability numbers. Individuals are not able to deliver their views at interviews and aren’t able to communicate in a team. This for any organisation serves as a big hindrance.
“Academia has been myopic. But industry isn’t taking the effort either to tell academia how things have changed and what they now want.” – Narayanan Ramaswamy, partner and head of education and skill development at KPMG in India.
Which is true in India there isn’t any real engagement with industry. Internships are thought of only as a mandatory requirement and industries appear on campus only during placement. Candidates need to ask themselves what makes them stand apart from the rest. If everyone has an academic degree and up to 6 months of internship experience how would industries decide whom to pick?
The government’s Make in India initiative aspires to create manufacturing capacity in India and generate 100 million jobs by 2022. Low employability of engineers, however, will impede the growth of manufacturing in India and requires immediate intervention.
Though the quantity of universities, colleges and programmes are increasing in the country, the lack of quality education persists. Profit-hungry managements, lack of skill education, resplendent corruption, focus on rote-learning methods, and shortage of faculty (both in quantity and quality) are the major issues plaguing higher education. Graduates are collecting their degrees despite not being skilled enough to be a productive part of the Indian economy. So how do graduates increase their employability?
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