Latest Survey – Over 80% of engineering graduates in India unemployable

Engineering – Year on year, when thousands of engineering graduates are churned out of the institutions from India, only a handful of them are trained in the skills that employer’s need now, quoting the survey report by employability assessment firm, Aspiring Minds.

According to the agency report, in excess of 80% of these engineering graduates who pass out of the Indian educational institutions are unemployable for any in the knowledge economy. The report, according to the agency is based on a study held on engineering students from India, the US and China.

Varun Aggarwal, CTO and Co-Founder of Aspiring Minds told the agency, “We find that a low proportion of engineers take up projects beyond curriculum and do internships. Further, there is a lack of faculty talking about industry application of concepts in class or students getting exposure through industry talks. These need to be remedied by aligning incentives of all stakeholders, building capacity and gamification”

Highlights of the report

  • The report stated that only 3.84% of engineers in the country have the technical, cognitive and linguistic skills required for software-related jobs in start-ups
  •  Only 3% of engineers have new-age technological skills in the areas which are booming now such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science and mobile development
  • Only 1.7% of engineers have the skills needed to work in new age jobs
  •  The report provides the primary reasons for low employability of India’s engineers — only 40% engineering graduates do an internship, while a mere 7% students do multiple internships
  •  Apart from a lack of internships, engineers also have low employability because only 36 per cent do project beyond their curriculum
  •  They don’t always build the skills to solve problems in a variety of situations
  •  Another problem adding to low employability of engineers is that the subject is taught in a very theoretical manner in colleges – 60% faculty doesn’t talk about the application of concepts in the industry and only 47% of the engineers attend any industry talk
  • The US and China have 3-4 times more engineers than India who know how to code

The Aspiring Minds employability report also found that the number of engineers in the US who know how to code is almost four times that Indian engineers, noted the report. When compared with engineers in China, Indian engineers show better potential in writing correct code. However, the proportion of engineers who cannot write compilable code in India is almost three times the Chinese engineers who cannot do so, added the report.

Thus, there are several factors making Indian engineers so starkly unemployable across industries.

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