As unemployment looms over India, a new report has recently shown that more than 80% of Indian engineers are unemployable. According to Aspiring Minds’ National Employability Engineers Annual Report 2019, lack of industry exposure and theory-based curriculum has contributed to this skill gap.
The report revealed 60% of engineering faculty do not discuss how to apply engineering concepts in the industry. Varun Aggarwal, co-founder and Chief Technological Officer (CTO), Aspiring Minds, says, “On a large scale, the primary problem of Indian engineering institutes is the rote-learning temperament.
Students do not get any training on how they can create industrial solutions using the techniques that they are learning in college.”
“Although top institutes such as the IITs are better at imparting application-based education, they lack at arranging industrial interactions for their students such as those in the US, which render solid industry exposure,” he adds, highlighting the report that states most engineering students do not attend industry talks during their college years.
The report was created from data collected from AMCAT – the test has been taken by over 2,000,000 candidates in more than 4000 campuses and across 25 states. It highlights that only 2.5% of Indian engineers have artificial intelligence (AI) skills, 1.5-4.5% have data engineering skills while 2.8-5.3% possess skills to work with wireless technologies.
The report also claims that only 40% of engineering students get internship opportunity and only 36% take up projects outside of their coursework. As internships offer better insight into the industry, this lack of experience is catering to the unemployability rate even more.
Govinda K, associate professor of School of Computer Science and Engineering (SCOPE), Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), says that the biggest problem across India is that most engineering institutes lack skilled professors. “While many institutes are encouraging professors to work on their research activities, engage with academicians, to enhance their skills, there remains a big dearth of skilled faculty. Forming a syllabus that has inputs not just from the academia, but also from researchers and industry will offer students industry-based education,” he adds.
Reference: Times of India
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