There are few takers for engineering postgraduates these days. The slowdown in the economy has dampened prospects in manufacturing so much so that the industry is shy about hiring them. Another major attraction was academics. In fact, many engineering graduates did master’s with an eye on teaching jobs. There was indeed a time when a master’s degree assured one a teaching job. That too has changed.
The tide turned against PGs when engineering colleges spotted an opportunity in the shortage of qualified hands to teach and lobbied with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to liberalise norms to start post graduate courses. In less than a decade, the shortage became a surplus. If just about a thousand PG seats were on offer a decade ago, by 2012 the number of seats had risen to 13,000.
Colleges that once complained of lack of eligible candidates for faculty recruitment now talk about a glut in applications. “Apart from in civil and mechanical engineering disciplines, there are too many applicants in other branches for lecturer’s posts,” says V Lakshmi Prabha, principal, Government College of Technology (GCT).
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor