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India – Employability – A disconnect between what the industry needs and what the students learn

Puneet Mishra, director of Ambition Institute of Technology in Varanasi, is a worried man. He is concerned that a majority of engineering graduates in India are not employable. There is a disconnect between what the industry needs and what the students learn, he said, as the curricula are not upgraded frequently enough to match the industry requirements.

The issue of employability of engineering graduates has time and again been raised by academicians and corporate leaders. A recent survey conducted by PurpleLeap, a joint venture between Pearson and Educomp, says only 12 per cent of the surveyed undergraduates were employment ready. While 52 per cent of the students were trainable, 36 per cent were untrainable. The survey was conducted among 34,000 final-year students with more than 60 per cent marks across 198 engineering colleges in 13 states.

Interestingly, contrary to the common notion that communication skills are the biggest challenge for engineering graduates in India, the survey found out that analytical ability, a subset of generic ability which measures logical and analytical reasoning, was the main problem. Take the case of Prachika Modi, 24, an engineering graduate from AVIT College, Chennai. She took an employability test after college and found that she lacked in certain skill sets mandatory for getting a job in a decent company. “If you have problems with communication skills, it would be okay with some companies. But problem solving skills are a must without which you have no way of getting a job,” she said. Modi worked hard to improve these skills and has got a job in an IT company.

“During the last 20 years engineering colleges have mushroomed across the country and have failed to attract talented faculty. As a result they are unable to impart quality education, which affects the performance of the students when it comes to employability,” said Amit Bansal, CEO, PurpleLeap.

According to the survey, students from IITs and other top-notch institutions had no such problems. “It is the increasing number of students coming out of the neo and non-academic managed colleges that contribute to non-employability or under-employability,” said Shankar Srinivasan, chief people officer at the IT services giant Cognizant…

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India | MBA degree and employability


During current times wherein B-school education is undergoing a tremendous change in India, over 3,50,000 AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education ) approved MBA seats have mushroomed in India alone. While some may perceive it as a positive move, the reality is, the quality of education offered at a major chunk of these … Continue reading »

India | ‘Only 17% techies employable’ | The Asian Age


In the IT sector, India has an employable workforce of only 17.54 per cent. This was revealed in a report released by HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Friday. The National Employability Report 2011 of engineering graduates was prepared by Aspiring Minds — an employability assessment company after getting feedback from more than 55,000 students who … Continue reading »

India: Vocational training lost importance has led to the widening gap between supply and demand for skilled manpower across various industries

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Although the field of education has made progress in the past ten years, this less regulated area of the education sector – vocational training— seems to have lost its importance. This has led to the widening gap between the supply and demand for skilled manpower across various industries. This shortage of skills has translated directly … Continue reading »

India – Skills Gap – Public Private Partnership : The National Skill Development Corporation


India’s workforce skills development needs are gigantic : 25% of the world’s new workers in the next decade will be Indian… But an unemployed, uneducated or unskilled Indian is not a free Indian—and usually a poor Indian.” writes Manish Sabharwal in Can India’s demographic dividend deliver prosperity? on (link)  “The Indian education sector has grown manifold in terms of diverse range of … Continue reading »


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