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 What Goes Wrong With Engineers In India?  

Date of Publish - Wednesday, 20th December 2017


More than 50 % of the Indian population is below the age of 25 and about 65% below the age of 35… and half of them are admitted to engineering every year. About 1.5 million of engineers enter the market every year and not more than 8% engineers employable?

From where those 97% engineers are supposed to get skills?  If not in four years of their college learning then how and where from?

Following are reasons why we produce this big lot of unemployable engineers.


Students, as they grow, tend to shift their focus from the fields of their interest and talent to something which seems more practical to society. Among all the courses, all students that pass their boards with distinctions tend to choose science as their stream. Further, after two years, they are left majorly with two options medical or engineering.

As we know pursuing medical without interest is an expensive way of speculation, if you observe the fee structure and completing the course is not so easy. Such is not the case with engineering.

Many students enter the field without any information just to graduate. Thus a proper screening of students is so much is important. 

                                                                                                                                   Primary schooling plays an important role here in encouraging students' talent and directing them properly. Next comes the number of colleges and universities of which majority are profit-making buildings and not places to deliver knowledge and skills. These colleges provide degrees to the students at the end of four years. Instead of teaching them engineering they teach them how to stain papers with ink all eight semesters and pass.


To learn about an average 6 subjects in each semester with the time period of 3 productive months surely defines why students never study them in depth.

The learning techniques we use fails to develop the interest of students in the subject and force them to rote learn it.                                                                                             

Yes, surely practical are part of our curriculum with 40% weight, But it is more like theories. Writing records and undergoing a meaningless viva can make you pass practical exams, but is not helpful enough to get skills.

 The education system, unfortunately, talks only about marks.

The chalk and talk system and the unquestioning behaviour of students simplify the teaching process even more.  The syllabus which has not been revised since a decade is also a major issue why students are unaware of latest technologies and changes science has gone through.

Where do students lack?

You need to undergo an aptitude test, GD and then personal interviews to enter the corporate world. Soft skills, presentability and communication become an integral part of with logical thinking and technical skills.

Many students in lower-tier cities due to less exposure are unable to present them properly. They falter or look confused while expressing themselves. Even brilliant students who are otherwise deserving of the job losses it.

It is necessary for the students to practice soft skills and learn English to avoid this factor which pulls them back.

To conclude as students it is our duty to select courses as per our interest, learn to apply knowledge instead of scoring marks. Focus on practical learning and not rote learning.   

 The government should take care that quality education reaches to the students at affordable fees. Colleges must tie up with local industrial areas and companies to provide hands-on experience to students.

Author :
Srushti Khevalkar IMIA030


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