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Half the software engineers not good enough?

November 24, 2006

An HR gal at Mastek casually mentioned how difficult it was for them to get good quality software engineers. ‘Four lakh engineers are trained each year in various universities but only two lakh of them are employable,’ she lamented.
The figures shocked me. Half the software engineers in our country aren’t good enough? What did this mean?
‘They just aren’t up to the mark,’ the girl explained. ‘And the top four software companies grab more than 60 per cent of the employable ones.’
Well, I guess everyone wants to grab the graduates from the top colleges – this must be happening in all countries. But she was saying something more. That there are just too many of these educational institutions imparting inferior education.

Consider this in the light of what appeared in the TOI today. The newspaper reported that a quarter of the B.A, B.Sc., graduates in Maharashtra (from the ST group) in the age group of 25-30 years are unemployed because they are not trained for any particular job. This report was prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Confederation of Indian Industries in a study titled ‘Livelihood, Employment and Sustainable Development.’ On the basis of this report, the Maharashtra government has formed a Labour Market Information Cell to establish a link between industry, education and training schools.
But what about the existing training? There is no point churning out people who nobody wants!

The fact that that there are so many sub-standard educational institutions also points to another aspect – we have intelligent ambitious people who want a good education but they have nowhere to go. 😦

Follow up story: 75% of IT graduates not good enough say IT companies.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 26, 2006 6:14 am

    It is not half the software engineers who are not good, it is the training provided by the companies that has to scale up. Again, thats too simplistic, but my point is that there is a lot that the companies can do – like some companies have done – to scale these people up. Companies like TCS, Wipro, Infosys never seem to crib – they just upgrade their trainings.
    Very few educational institution have a vested interest in the “quality” except those that are top or aspiring to be the top. Most educational institutions are borne out of “money making” or “business needs” or “political proximity”. Like banks, their responsibility ends when a customer (student) is acquired.

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